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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

Can the ‘Yuck Factor’ Motivate People to Wash their Hands?

Be honest.  Have you ever neglected to wash your hands after using the washroom? Unfortunately, 1 in every 5 people you meet did just that. 

 

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Topics: Infection Prevention in Healthcare

Celebrity Chef Hand Washing Fail

I’ll admit it.  I’m a bit of a foodie.  Who doesn’t love a great meal, especially when a professional chef is preparing it?  It’s amazing what they can do with the same ingredients we have – except they make it so much better.

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Foodborne Illness, Food Safety

Effective Hand Hygiene Strategy for Passenger Cruise Ships


Modern passenger cruise ships are effectively “mini cities” at sea, with populations of several thousand and hence with all the complexity in hygiene provision of a typical urban infrastructure, with the added complication of isolation for long periods of time (no-one leaving or entering the environment).

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Topics: Hand sanitizer, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, passenger cruise ship

How to Make It Easier for Patients to Speak Up About Hand Hygiene

According to an article humans unconsciously touch their noses and mouths more than 3.6 times per hour. When we do this, not only do we spread germs into our bodies from whatever we were touching; we spread germs from our bodies onto whatever we touch next. In the course of a day, we expose ourselves to potential infection – as well as transmit opportunities to infect others – about 86.4 times.

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Topics: Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Healthcare-Associated Infections, Healthcare Hand Hygiene

Microbeads, Macro Problems

Plastic beads made of polyethylene – also known as microbeads – are used in different cosmetic products such as toothpaste and exfoliants, but also in some heavy duty hand cleansers.

 

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Topics: Environmentally friendly, cleanser

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