Did you know you have an aura? This isn’t, however, the metaphysical variety caused by our electromagnetic energy. This one is entirely chemical in nature and can be detected not by a psychic third eye, but the nose.Read More
Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog
Social media use has been increasing steadily for a number of years. As the technology evolves, more and more people are embracing it in their professional lives and realizing its benefits in sharing information, networking and advertising. Healthcare professionals and infection preventionists are among those that are engaging in conversations online about the issues that matter most to them in their daily work lives - like infection prevention, improving hand hygiene compliance rates, pandemic planning and patient safety.Read More
Every year, up to 7.5 million Canadians1 and 62 million Americans will get the flu and become sick. The direct cost of all workplace absenteeism is estimated at 2.4% of gross annual payroll.2 As a result, seasonal flu has a significant impact on employers and the general public. Direct medical costs, for example, are estimated in the US at $10 billion annually and more than $16 billion in lost earnings.3 Indirect costs include lost productivity, replacement workers and a reduction in customer satisfaction. Combining both direct and indirect costs significantly increases the financial impact of absenteeism on businesses globally.Read More
Based on recent television, films and writing, one might assume the human race’s biggest threats are, in some order: zombies, aliens, evil robots and giant asteroids. Luckily, Hollywood often goes for shock value over realism – these threats probably shouldn’t keep you up at night. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t real dangers that could emerge to threaten mankind’s existence. If it does happen, it is likely to be something that’s happened to the species before.
A nation of animal lovers
It is estimated that 57% of households in Canada have one or more pets with cats being most popular (7.9 million) closely followed by dogs (5.9 million). There is a trend for the more exotic pet such as snakes, reptiles, amphibians, hedgehogs and even pigs. Then of course there are the more common pets such as fish along with the pocket pets (mice, hamsters, rats, rabbits).
There are several reasons why people keep pets with the most obvious being as a companion, reducing stress and teaching children to have a caring nature. However, the negative aspects of pet ownership beyond being woken up with the sun or coming home to find a deposit on your floor, is the potential of contracting pathogens that could lead to potential fatal conditions.Read More
It's the end of summer and back to school preparations are in full swing in most households and schools around the globe. Likewise, educational practitioners are preparing their schools for a large amount of new students to flood the classrooms and hallways. Hundreds of bodies and hands, mean a lot of germs spreading around the school, and a lot of reasons to ensure your school is ready to reduce the spread of infection.
Here is a list of three articles on the topic of infection prevention in schools and campuses that we recommend in preparation for the back to school hustle:
The practice of hand hygiene is absolutely necessary to prevent the spread of infections. Yet, this potentially lifesaving procedure continues to be left out of the minds of many a healthcare worker. Making the situation worse is the unexpected challenge presented when attempting to improve frequency.
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).
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