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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

The Food Service Industry Can Help Prevent Norovirus Outbreaks

Most norovirus outbreaks from contaminated  food occur in food service settings, according to a Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infected food  workers are frequently the source of these outbreaks, often by touching  ready-to-eat foods served in restaurants with their bare hands. The food  service industry can help prevent norovirus outbreaks by enforcing food safety  practices, such as making sure workers always practice good hand hygiene on the  job and stay home when they are sick.  

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Hand hygiene compliance, Hand Hygiene Education, Hand Hygiene Training & Education, Hand Washing, Handwashing, Improve Hand Hygiene, Antibacterial soap, Hand Washing Efficacy, Hygiene practices, Food Safety Practices, Bacterial transmission, germs, Viruses, Gastrointestinal Infections, Cross-contamination Prevention - Food Industry, Bacteria, CDC, Norovirus, Foodborne Illness, Hand Washing Behavior, Hand washing compliance, Antibacterial hand wash, Food workers, Food processing, Food Employees, Food Preparation, Food Safety, Cross Contamination

Infection Prevention: Why It Matters in the Workplace

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Hand Hygiene Education, Hand Hygiene Training & Education, Hand sanitizer, Hand Washing, Hand Washing Efficacy, Absenteeism, Bacterial transmission, Hand Hygiene Communication, germs, Handwashing promotion, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, CDC, Germs in the office

Sneezes Are Travelling Germ Clouds

Do you assume you are safe from your colleague’s germs just because you are out of the “splatter zone”? Do you avoid the sneezing person in the office thinking if you don’t go near them, you will be okay?

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Hand hygiene compliance, Hand Hygiene Training & Education, Hand sanitizer, Hand Washing, Handwashing, Airborne Flu Viruses, Contaminated surface, Bacterial transmission, germs, sneeze cloud, sneeze, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Infection prevention, Bacteria, Germs in the office

Physicians’ Stethoscopes More Contaminated Than Palms of Their Hand

Although healthcare workers’ hands are the main source of bacterial transmission in hospitals, physicians’ stethoscopes appear to play a role. To explore this question, investigators at the University of Geneva Hospitals assessed the level of bacterial contamination on physicians’ hands and stethoscopes following a single physical examination.   The study appears in the March issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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Topics: Bacterial transmission, Didier Pittet, Stethoscopes, MRSA, Infection Prevention in Healthcare

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