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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

5 Ways to Break the Chain of Infection


 

Viral and bacterial infections threaten the health and well-being of adults and children in every environment – from highly developed, industrial nations to struggling, third-world countries. International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), which takes place October 16-22, 2017, is a global campaign designed to zero in on healthcare’s shared mission: “Break the Chain of Infection.”

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Topics: Infection Prevention in Healthcare

How To Teach Hand Hygiene At School on Global Hand Washing Day

 

Each year on October 15th, over 200 million people in over 100 countries take part in celebrations to mark Global Handwashing Day. This year the theme is Our hands, our future! This theme reminds us that handwashing protects our own health, but also allows us to build our own futures, as well as those of our communities, and the world. 

 

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Topics: Hand Hygiene Education, Absenteeism, Global Handwashing Day, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Global Hand Washing Day, Hand hygiene for children

5 Handy Hacks to Help You Survive Cold and Flu Season

 

Take out your sweaters and prepare for sniffles – cold and flu season is upon us. Starting in October and dragging out until May, the seasonal flu can hit at any time. In 2014-2015, Canada saw more than 43,000 cases of the flu – nearly doubling the previous year[1]. Considering that 80 percent of common infections – including the flu – can be spread through contaminated hands, there’s never a more important time to remind yourself, coworkers, family and friends the importance of hand hygiene.

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Topics: Influenza, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Flu Prevention, Infection prevention, Flu

Hygiene - The Invisible Threat After Natural Disasters

Disasters happen all over the world. Different regions experience different kinds of disasters. Within the past month, the East Coast of the US, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico have experienced 4 major hurricanes. The official hurricane season does not end until November 30! While natural disasters can be as varied as earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, winter storms, tsunamis, floods, etc. we do see commonalities after these events.

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

Few Wash Hands Properly In Germy Schools

 

A new school year has kicked off across the world and the millions of students piling into classrooms every day aren’t just bringing in stories about their summer vacations, but germs and viruses, too.

 

Did you know that 80 per cent of common infections can be spread through contaminated hands, and some studies have found a typical human hand can carry 10,000 to 10 million bacteria?

 

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Topics: Hand Hygiene Education, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

The Psychology of Hand Hygiene

 

How can you incentivize a team of healthcare professionals to change longstanding behaviors? Motivations such as money, being observed, peer pressure, or other incentives might work in the short term, but how do you get someone to permanently change a behavior?

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Topics: Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Healthcare-Associated Infections

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