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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

Is Raw Seafood Safe to Eat?

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.

 

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Bumpy Starts: Is the Fist Bump a Faux Pas?

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. 

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Topics: Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Are We Hygiene Obsessed?

 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?

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Healthcare Technology Helps Make Commercial Washrooms Smarter

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.

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Tune Up Your Skin Care Knowledge

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.

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Topics: Preventing Occupational Skin Disease

Top 5 Hand Hygiene Articles So Far in 2015

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.

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Summer is Peak Season for Foodborne Illness

Hot summer days mean we like to spend more time together and outside enjoying the sunshine. Often we find ourselves congregating in outdoor venues packed with people and where a wide selection of food is served such as barbecues, picnics, patios and outdoor festivals. Many of us spend little time thinking about how our food is being stored, prepared and handled in these situations, let alone what the hand hygiene practices are of those serving it. Consider however, that foodborne illness or “food poisoning” peaks in the summer and events like these that combine heat, crowds and food, can be breeding ground for foodborne pathogens.

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Topics: Cross-contamination Prevention - Food Industry

How Many Hands Will You Shake in Your Lifetime?

According to a new U.K. study, you will shake 15,000 hands in your lifetime.  Now consider the fact that 1 in 5 people don't wash their hands and of those that do only 30% use soap.  In fact, only about 5% of people wash their hands correctly. 

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Creative Campaigns Can Improve Hand Hygiene Compliance

Hand cleaning is the single most effective way to control the spread of disease, so it makes sense that proper education is a key priority for healthcare facilities. Given the patient safety implications, lack of proper hand hygiene compliance should not be tolerated.

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Topics: Infection Prevention in Healthcare

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

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