Have you gone to work while you were sick? I don’t mean a little headache, or a runny nose. But really sick: a high fever, vomiting and diarrhea, significant coughing and sneezing? Well, don’t feel bad. You’re in good company. Doctors do it too! A new study that was just published in JAMA Pediatrics studied why physicians and advanced practice clinicians (APCs) in The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) work while sick (5). The authors administered an anonymous survey in 2014 to 459 attending physicians and 470 APCs (registered nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and certified nurse midwives). The main outcomes of interest were: how frequently this occurs, why this continues to occur in healthcare workers, and whether the workers perceive that this may put their patients at risk (5).Read More
Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog
We all know by now that proper hand washing is the best way to stop the spread of bacteria; in fact 80% of germs are spread by hands alone! We do our very best to properly wash our hands after using the restroom, before and after we eat and multiple times in between. We also assume that others are doing the same thing. However, studies show that only 1 in 5 people wash their hands, and of those that do, only 30% use soap!Read More
It’s amazing how attached people are to their cell phones. Many people will answer them without any thought of what else is going on. It’s something I’ve seen in veterinary hospitals where wireless or cell phones are the primary mode of internal communication. The natural tendency to answer the phone often overrides the thought process of “are my hands covered in pus, blood or some other gross material that I should perhaps remove before touching this piece of plastic that will spend a lot of time against my face and which may go home with me?” We’ve grown some interesting things from cell phones and pagers, as have others.Read More
Keeping a healthcare environment free of infections is an admirable goal. But for over a century we’ve known achieving this objective is as hard as a Mission Impossible assignment. Unfortunately, there is no Ethan Hunt to save the day. Instead, the job is tasked to thousands of hard working professionals who do their best to keep every patient safe.Read More
It's summertime, and if you're like most people, sun, surf and seafood are on your short list of things to enjoy.
If you were having dinner with me and seafood was on the menu, I would tell you to skip the oysters! And I’ll tell you why. First, they’re raw. As an epidemiologist, my family and friends already know I don’t eat anything raw. Period. And they have heard all the reasons why they shouldn’t either.
Healthcare writer Diane Bracuk knows that fist bumps are more hygienic than the standard handshake. But as she recently discovered, deeply ingrained habits can be hard to shake, shake, shake.Read More
Have you ever seen the Seinfeld episode where George Costanza double dips his chip during a party? "That's like putting your whole mouth right in the dip! From now on, when you take a chip - just take one and end it!" Prior to this Seinfeld episode, did you ever give much thought to double dipping? As a culture have we become too hygiene obsessed?Read More
I know what you're thinking! What does intelligence have to do with the washroom? If you've been to a new large public washroom recently, you likely didn't even notice all the smart technology going on around you - but that's the point.Read More
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), auto service technicians and mechanics are significantly more likely than the average worker to be injured or killed on the job. Nearly 45 percent of these injuries and illnesses are due to contact with objects and equipment, such as parts, materials, tools and vehicles themselves. Though contact injuries may be the most prevalent, they are not the only type of occupational hazards that automotive workers face. Other illnesses and injuries include overexertion, falls, strains, sprains and exposure to harmful chemicals.Read More
Now that summer is here; it's a great chance to recap some of the most contagious hand hygiene blog articles so far this year. Of the 24 articles featured to date in 2015, here are the top 5 ranked in popularity by the number of views.Read More