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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

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

Fragrance Free Skin Care

allergies-manDid you know that scents can be an asthma trigger resulting in headaches, nausea and other symptoms? People have different tolerance levels to scented products, but typically children and women and those with asthma, allergies or environmental sensitivities are generally at more risk. In fact, 16-30% of the population is especially sensitive to fragrance. 

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Topics: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Fragrance Free Skin Care, Asthma, Scent Free Policies

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