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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

Be a Superhero! Help Fight Superbugs!

If you’ve been following health news recently you may have heard the following scary phrases: nightmare bacteria, drug resistant bacteria, mcr-1 superbug. These terms are used simply to refer to the same thing: bacteria that have developed resistance to antibiotics we use to kill them. Sounds terrible, but in reality there are steps we all can take to prevent this and protect ourselves.  

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Topics: Antimicrobial resistance, superbugs, 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

SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands

This year the WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign on May 5th focuses on:

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Topics: Hand Hygiene Training & Education, Antimicrobial resistance, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, WHO 5 Moments, WHO May 5th, Healthcare-Associated Infections

Hand Hygiene Needs its Golden Arches

The WHO's SAVE LIVES, Clean Your Hands May 5th campaign is coming up fast.  This year's focus is not only on hand hygiene but also its role in combating antibiotic resistance.  It’s a time to raise awareness, discuss and come up with solutions.  So we asked ourselves this question:

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Topics: Improve Hand Hygiene, Antimicrobial resistance, Hand Hygiene Communication, May 5th, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, WHO 5 Moments, Handwashing promotion

This May 5th, Double Your Celebrations To Make A Meaningful Impact

Most of us know at least one person in our lives whose birthday falls on another special day, such as New Year’s, Canada Day, Halloween, and of course, Christmas.  For these lucky individuals, there are two opportunities for revelries as they mark the day of their birth as well as a traditionally known day of joy.  For those of us within the close circle of that individual, we also get to share in the multiple festivities.

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Topics: Antimicrobial resistance, VRE, KPC, MRSA, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, WHO 5 Moments, WHO May 5th

The Butterfly Effect of Hand Hygiene on Antibiotic Resistance

Ever heard of the Butterfly Effect? It’s a phenomenon conceptualized by the late MIT professor, Edward Lorenz, in which small, seemingly insignificant events such as the flapping of the wings of a butterfly can lead to dramatic differences in the larger context; in this case, a tornado thousands of miles away.  The goal of Lorenz’s work was to point out the fragile nature of weather forecasting in a chaotic world but his analogy has become a staple in many different realms, including infection control.

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Topics: Antimicrobial resistance, C. diff., Butterfly Effect, MRSA, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, WHO 5 Moments, WHO May 5th, CDC

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