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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

What Is The Correct Hand Washing Technique?

You've been told to wash your hands your whole life, from childhood to adulthood, but lately it seems like hand hygiene is spreading as fast as the infections it's trying to prevent - hand washing has become the new hype. 

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Topics: Hand Washing, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Hand Washing Posters

The Connundrum of EV68 Infection Control

This summer, a virus has spread across the United States and Canada leaving hundreds of children infected many of whom required hospitalization.  The cause is enterovirus D species, serotype 68 (EVD68 or EV68).  This virus is well known to microbiologists but has rarely grabbed media headlines.  Yet for some reason, whether due to evolution or some other unresolved risk factor, the pathogen has sparked concern for parents and public health officials alike.

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Topics: Hand sanitizer, Hand Washing, Handwashing, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Hand Washing Posters, Hand Sanitizer Effectiveness, Respiratory Viruses, Hand hygiene for children, EV68, enterovirus

On Global Handwashing Day, make hands clean, not contagious!

October 15th is Global Handwashing Day, a day that was originally created for children and schools, but can be celebrated by anyone promoting handwashing with soap. Each year, over 200 million people are involved in celebrations in over 100 countries around the world. However, Global Handwashing has since expanded to include everyone, including all types of workplaces where hand hygiene continues to be a priority.

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Hand hygiene compliance, Hand Hygiene Education, Handwashing, Improve Hand Hygiene, Hand Washing Efficacy, Absenteeism, Hand Hygiene Communication, Hand Hygiene Efficacy, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Global Handwashing Day, Handwashing promotion, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Hand Washing Posters, Global Hand Washing Day, Bacteria, Germs in the office, Hand hygiene for children, Hand Washing Behavior, Cross Contamination

How To Avoid The Flu This Season

The flu season is upon us once again. This year, Center of Disease Control (CDC) is urging the public to take 3 actions. Their “Take 3” Actions To Fight The Flu include:

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Hand Hygiene Education, Handwashing, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Hand Washing Posters, Flu Prevention, Infection prevention, Flu, Viruses of Winter, Flu Transmission, Flu Vaccine, Global Hand Washing Day

The Psychology behind Asking Doctors to Wash Their Hands

Part of patient empowerment involves the ability to ask healthcare workers to wash their hands.  While this task may seem easy, data from studies conducted both in the United States and Europe suggests that acting on this instruction is not universal.  To best understand this issue, one needs to take a step away from infection control environment and into the archives of psychology.

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Topics: Hand hygiene compliance, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, HAIs, Healthcare-Associated Infections, Hand Washing Posters, Hand Washing Behavior

Flu Prevention is Good for Business

Every year, influenza, or the flu affects not just our health, but often the bottom line for many businesses.  Regardless if an employer is large or small, the flu can be a big disruption and its true financial impact may be more than you think. 

 

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Topics: Influenza, Absenteeism, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Hand Washing Posters, Flu Prevention

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