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Top 3 Infection Prevention Tips for the Movies

Crowded. That was the first thing I noticed when my family and I went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens over the holidays. As we moved through the busy theatre with popcorn in hand to our seats, it struck me just how many people were packed together – at least, a couple hundred. By the time the preshow started, there wasn’t an empty seat in the house.

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Food Safety

Inaccurate Hand Hygiene Compliance Rates Challenged

The debate of whether healthcare professionals are keeping their hands clean enough made it all the way to the House of Commons in the United Kingdom recently.  The issue is that some UK hospitals are reporting hand hygiene compliance rates as high as 100% though independent studies show the real numbers can be as low as 18%.  As a result, instances of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) persist.  This is resulting in “unnecessary infection”, said Nigel Mills, Member of Parliament (MP) who led the debate.  

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Topics: Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring, Infection Prevention in Healthcare

Is The Flu (Or Another Bug) On Your Menu Today?

Everyone loves a great meal–especially when someone else is cooking, serving and doing all your dishes! 

We love to dine out and do it more than ever before. Back in the 1970’s, Americans spent about 36% of their food budget on restaurants and today that number is closer to 48%. The National Restaurant Association reports that the average person purchases a snack or meal from a restaurant 5.8 times a week.

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Topics: Foodborne Illness, Food Safety

Nailing It.

Fake nails are the new “It” accessory— but they harbour a lot of very real germs.  Healthcare writer Diane Bracuk wonders if she should have reported the nail art fashionista who may have been serving up more than noodles in her take-out order. 

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Food Safety

From Controversial Discoveries in Microbiology to Major Progresses in Skin Hygiene

Many historical controversial discoveries in the world of microbiology have shaped the scientific knowledge of infection control. The lonely and banished scientists yesterday have become heroes today.

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

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