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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

75% of People Prefer Paper Towels to Hot Air Dryers!

 We surveyed more than 3,500 people and asked them which is the best hand drying method in public washrooms - paper towels or hot air dryers?  Since writing this article, 75% of the votes were in favor of paper towels, and we received hundreds of comments debating the advantages and disadvantages of each method. 

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Would You Give Up the Bar of Soap in Your Hotel Room?

Did you know that 1.5 million bars of soap are discarded every day from hotel rooms across the United States?  Unfortunately, the same problem exists for those small bottles of half empty shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotions.

 

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Sun Protection: A Universal Perspective

As part of its commitment to skin care and protecting workers worldwide, every year Deb launches its annual Sun Protection for Outdoor Workers Campaign, focusing on the prevalence of skin cancer amongst outdoor workers and highlighting the importance of sun protection in the workplace. The prevalence of skin cancer is on the rise and not just in the U.S. and North America, but worldwide. The World Health Organization has confirmed that the incidence of both non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers has been increasing over the past several decades. Currently, between 2 and 3 million skin cancers occur globally each year. One in every three cancers diagnosed is a skin cancer, and more than 65,000 people worldwide die from melanoma each year.  Additionally, skin cancer accounts for nearly 50% of all cancers combined. 1

 

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Topics: Sun Protection

Hand Hygiene: Your Entrance Door to Safer, More Effective Interdisciplinary Care

May 5 is the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) annual Save Lives: Clean Your Hands Day. It’s a time for healthcare professionals to reflect on the impact of hand hygiene compliance on care quality and outcomes. This year’s theme as designated by the WHO is: Strengthening healthcare systems and delivery – hand hygiene is your entrance door.

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Topics: Infection Prevention in Healthcare, WHO May 5th

Illness Prevention in Schools - Why Perfect Attendance Awards Are Not So Perfect

On any given week day, approximately 55 million students and 7 million staff members flock to school buildings across the country. We hope that all students and staff members arrive happy, healthy and ready for learning. But what if they are not?

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands Day! Your Five Action Items for May 5

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) First Global Patient Safety Challenge: Clean Care is Safer Care, aimed at reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) worldwide. The SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands annual global campaign, a natural extension of the Clean Care is Safer Care program, highlights the importance of all healthcare workers cleaning their hands at the right time and in the right way. This year’s campaign theme is Strengthening healthcare systems and delivery – hand hygiene is your entrance door, which aims to galvanize action at the point of care to demonstrate that hand hygiene is the entrance door for reducing HAIs and patient safety.

 

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Know How to Combat Common Excuses for Lapses in Hand Hygiene

The importance of practicing proper hand hygiene is nothing to joke about. Healthcare workers around the globe know they should clean their hands before, during and after patient encounters. Yet an astonishing number still don't follow established guidelines for hand hygiene. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, healthcare worker hand hygiene compliance remains below 40 percent. Read More

Topics: Infection Prevention in Healthcare

Wash. Rinse. Repeat : Hand Washing For Food Safety

When it comes foodborne illness, the foodservice industry has benefited from advances made in food science and technology. Restaurants are better equipped to prevent illness, and when an outbreak does occur it is easier to identify the outbreak and stop it than in the past.

 

Restaurants have also benefited from advances and improvements in transportation. The world has become “flatter,” allowing even small or moderate-size operations to establish reliable sources of food that originate in distant parts of the world. Advances in data management allow us to better trace, recall and retrieve items that may be contaminated, adulterated or mislabeled.

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Topics: Cross-contamination Prevention - Food Industry

Everybody Is Doing It: How Social Networks Can Increase Handwashing

If you were asked to describe a social network how would you respond? Would you reference Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites? Perhaps you’d list an organization you are a part of, such as a professional association. Or, you might have no idea how to describe a social network, but a vague idea that it has to do with relationships.

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Is Your Workplace Making You Sick? No, Really!

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average employed American adult spends more than 53% of their waking hours at work. That is more time spent working than eating, drinking, relaxing, spending time with others and doing household activities combined. Unfortunately, statistics also show that most work settings are hotbeds for germs and bacteria.  Implementing a solid hand hygiene program can play a key role in eliminating infection and other related workplace maladies. The following infographic from Deb addresses the scope of this problem, highlighting the price we pay for ignoring skin safety and hygiene and offering a few simple solutions to solve it.
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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

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