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SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands 5 May 2016

Each year the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign aims to progress the goal of maintaining a global profile on the importance of hand hygiene in health care and to ‘bring people together’ in support of hand hygiene improvement globally.

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Topics: Hospital Acquired Infections, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, WHO May 5th

Hand Hygiene when Being Potentially Exposed to Heavy Metal Dust

Heavy metals are natural chemical elements that can be found in rocks of the earth’s crust. Heavy metals have a long history of industrial and personal use. Although they are of natural origin, they are not harmless to human health and can cause both acute and chronic health issues. Heavy metals tend to accumulate in the body, increasing in concentration over time and becoming more toxic. A worsening medical condition due heavy metal dust exposure is often misdiagnosed at first as exposure happens over an extended period of time.

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Topics: Occupational Skin Disease

Study: Is Going To The Mall Bad For Your Health?

Some people are addicted to it, some like to just pass their time hanging around, whilst others dread it. We are of course talking about taking a trip to the shopping mall. Throughout human history, the marketplace has brought people together to shop, trade and socialize. Although modern shopping malls are far removed from the traditional open marketplace there are similarities in that it brings a high density of people together within an environment of common contact surfaces. It follows that the shopping mall has come under the spotlight for transferring and disseminating infectious agents. The most “germy” place encountered is of course the washrooms but what other “pits of peril” can we expect to encounter when out shopping at the mall?

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Focus on Skin Health: Taking Care of Your Silent Majority

There’s a concern in health – and indeed many other aspects of human systems – in which we tend to focus on the weakest aspects prone to failure yet ignore or take for granted those aspects we regard as perpetually safe. Unfortunately, when this silent majority turns on us or becomes compromised, the consequences can be dire. Even worse, figuring out how to mitigate and remediate the situation can be complicated and remediation may require drastic actions.

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Topics: Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Healthcare Hand Hygiene

Now Serving: Hand Hygiene Tips

From preparation to plate to the patron’s mouth, numerous sets of hands may get in touch the food in a restaurant setting. However, if those hands aren’t clean, your customers are at risk for foodborne illness. In the U.S. for example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year roughly one in six Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases. The spread of germs from the hands of food workers to food is a common cause of foodborne illness outbreaks in restaurants. According to the CDC, it accounts for 89 percent of outbreaks in which food was contaminated by food workers.

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Topics: Foodborne Illness, Food Safety

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