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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

Antibiotic Resistance: A Global Issue

Antimicrobial resistance has gained notoriety as one of the most pressing public health issues the world faces today. It is occurring everywhere in the world, compromising our ability to treat infectious diseases, as well as undermining many other advances in health and medicine.

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Topics: Anti-biotic resistant organisms, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

DebMed Champions Expert Panel Hand Hygiene Guidance

The updated expert hand hygiene guidance that appeared in the July 2014 issue of the Journal of Infection Control couldn’t have arrived at better time. Those of us who manage and advise healthcare facilities on infection prevention and control live and work in challenging times. Just consider the news. 

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Topics: Hand hygiene compliance, Hand Hygiene Education, Hand Hygiene Training & Education, Hand sanitizer, Hand Washing, Handwashing, Improving hand hygiene compliance, Prevention and Control of Infections, Patient Safety, Hand Washing Efficacy, Antimicrobial resistance, Hand hygiene monitoring, WHO, Anti-biotic resistant organisms, Hand Hygiene Efficacy, Hospital Acquired Infections, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, DebMed, Healthcare-Associated Infections, CDC, Hand Washing Behavior, Hand washing compliance, Healthcare Hand Hygiene

Clostridium difficile Infection Prevention (Part 2)

A couple weeks ago the Deb Hand Hygiene blog focused on typical environmental targets necessary for the control of Clostridium difficile (C diff) within healthcare settings.  With this blog posting various aspects of what some would consider the most important key strategy component, hand hygiene will be discussed.  Currently C. difficile is believed to infect up to 30% of individuals admitted to US hospitals resulting in what the CDC estimates to be some 14,000 deaths annually. Worldwide concern has been expressed with regard to the emergence of hyper-virulent strains, responsible a disease having increased severity and alarmingly greater resistance to antibiotics. Last week the BBC ran an excellent article in it's online news detailing what we are up against.

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Hand hygiene compliance, Hand sanitizer, Handwashing, Environmental Cleaning, Anti-biotic resistant organisms, Contaminated surface, C. difficile, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, C diff spores, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Healthcare-Associated Infections, Diarrheal diseases, Gloves, Barry Michaels, Cross Contamination

Hospital's Cleaning Role in Preventing Infections

The hospital’s Housekeeping Department is responsible for the regular and routine cleaning of all surfaces and maintaining a high level of hygiene in the facility in collaboration with the Infection Control Committee. The Housekeeping Department’s charge is:

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Topics: Hospital Cleaning, Anti-biotic resistant organisms, Contaminated surface, Housekeeping surfaces, Hygiene specialist, Hygienic cleaning, NIH Superbug, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Infection prevention

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