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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

The Age Of Big Data – What Can It Do For Hand Hygiene?


In 1927 Flitz Lang released the classic movie “Metropolis” that tells the tale of how in 2027 the human workers would become slaves to machines. Who could forget also the Terminator series of films which depicted how machines would eventually try to take over the world.

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Hand Washing, Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring, Hand hygiene monitoring, Infection Prevention in Healthcare

Don’t Let the Travel Bugs Bite

“In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria.” – Benjamin Franklin

 

It’s summertime, a time when many people like to take their vacations. Some stay close to home, others want an adventure to more exotic locales. You want to have fun and stay healthy. Depending where you plan to go, it is important to educate yourself about the area where you’ll be staying, any travel alerts for the country, required immunizations, and some basic hygiene tips for eating and drinking away from home.

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Stadium Sports Attract Fans and UV Rays

The summer sports season is here and whether its tennis, soccer or track and field – all stadium sports see a large numbers of fans flocking from all over the world to see their favourite teams, players, and athletes.

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Topics: Sun Protection, sun safety in public spaces, sunscreen, sun protection for outdoor workers

25% of Seniors Leave Hospital with Superbugs


Recently I spent my Friday night at the hospital emergency.  Thankfully everything turned out fine, but as I sat in the waiting room, I couldn’t help but view things from an infection prevention perspective.  Call it a professional hazard, but watching out for potential infection transfer seemed to help pass the time.

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Topics: Long Term Care, Hospital Acquired Infections, MRSA, Infection Prevention in Healthcare

Germs Getting A Free Ride on Public Transportation

If you live in a major city, chances are you use public transit either daily or often. It's likely so incorporated into your commute or daily errands, that it has become automatic and you don't give it any thought. Try to think back when you first started using public transit and you stepped into that subway, that bus or that train to find hundreds of strangers packed into a small space, breathing, coughing and perspiring. Were you squeamish then? Well considering 80% of bacteria is transmitted by hands and 76 out of 100 people either don't wash their hands at all or don't use soap, you might have reason to be. Let's have a look at what is lurking in our public transportation system.

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Topics: MRSA, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, public transportation, Staphylococcus aureus, E. coli

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