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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

Call Into Work Sick....Please!

Did you know, 90% of office workers come to work when sick. Even worse, they know their coughing and sneezing may be infecting others, but 45% said an ever-growing workload makes it necessary.

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Topics: Hand hygiene compliance, Hand Hygiene Education, Improving hand hygiene compliance, Absenteeism, Hand Hygiene Communication, Viruses, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Flu Prevention, Infection prevention, Flu, Viruses of Winter, Flu Transmission, CDC, Germs in the office, Hand Washing Behavior

Ebola: Hand Hygiene and a Bit Player with Huge Consequences?

In the large scheme of things having a global impact, it is believed that life on our planet is ruled by the interactions of the bacteria that drive nutrient and energy flow and the viruses that infect them.  While these are the really big players we never really give them a thought even though their processes, the delicate dance of life and death have been going on for perhaps a billion years.  Instead we are all focused on something coming out of West Africa we never even heard of until a few years ago.   And that is just the problem; neither the disease nor our disease-fighting repertoire has the experience at this rather ugly tango in which we find ourselves involved.  Ebola generally kills its human hosts too quickly to be a well-adjusted obligate parasite and we thought it could be relied upon to burn itself out.  The later of which does not qualify for a disease control plan.  

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Topics: Hand hygiene, WHO, Transmission of disease, Ebola, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Infectious disease, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, CDC, Healthcare Hand Hygiene

Mis-LEEDing information made clear: Understanding hand hygiene as it applies to green cleaning

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Topics: Hand drying, Hand hygiene, Hand hygiene compliance, Hand Hygiene Education, Hand Hygiene Facilities and Supplies, Hand Hygiene Training & Education, Hand sanitizer, Hand Washing, Hand Washing Efficacy, Hand Hygiene Communication, Hand Hygiene Efficacy, LEED, green cleaning, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, CDC, Hand Washing Behavior, Hand washing compliance

Is Ebola the “Bat-out-of Hell” and will we learn something from this experience?

My esteemed blogging colleagues have written much on the subject of the most recent and deadly Ebola outbreak(s).  That's right; we now have the outbreak of two Ebola strains to be concerned about, one in Zaire and the other in the DR Congo.  Certainly unprecedented in modern times, if not for its scope, but for the shear terrifying manner in which the virus does its dirty deed.  Researchers say that the Zaire outbreak started when a fruit bat bit a 2-year old child and within a week both toddler and mother were dead.  Fruit bats live in colonies around the world of sometimes thousands or even millions strong.  This reminds me of the ‘super-herds’ represented by our large cities. In this case the butterfly effect so talked and written about has turned into a bat wing!

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Hand sanitizer, Ebola, Butterfly Effect, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, CDC, Hand Sanitizer Effectiveness, Barry Michaels

Clean soap dispensers are good for business

It should come as no surprise that restaurant patrons, industrial employees, and students all may view a restroom experience as an overall indicator of a facility’s level of excellence.

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Hand Hygiene Facilities and Supplies, Hand Washing, Contaminated surface, Hygienic cleaning, Absenteeism, germs, sealed dispensers, closed-system dispensers, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, CDC, Hand hygiene for children, Restroom hand washing

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

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