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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

PPE and Hand Hygiene

According to OSHA, the definition of PPE is “specialized clothing or equipment worn by an employee for protection against infectious materials,” but what if the manner of use of that protective equipment could possibly cause the spread of infection?

 

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Topics: PPE, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Healthcare-Associated Infections, Healthcare Infections, Healthcare Hand Hygiene

Understanding Hand Hygiene Compliance In Healthcare Environments

In the UK today, the threat of healthcare associated infections (HCAI’s) is alarming, with approximately 300,000[1] patients contracting an illness whilst being treated in healthcare premises. That accounts for a cost of around £1 billion (GBP) to an already financially strained National Health Services (NHS). It has also been revealed that patients are remaining in the hospital an extra 3.6 million days a year in the UK due to these infections[2]; meaning healthcare professionals have less time to focus on new admittances.

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Topics: Hospital Acquired Infections, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, WHO 5 Moments, WHO May 5th, Healthcare-Associated Infections

Nurses Clothing Covered in Bacteria

“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick.” Miuccia Prada.

 

We have a choice each day to look powerful, confident, elegant and chic through our clothing. The look we don’t want to present is “germy”; our clothing covered in bacteria. Especially true if we happen to be healthcare workers, or their patients. And even if our contact with patients is quick, it can be a problem.

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Topics: Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Healthcare-Associated Infections

Can You Sniff C. diff?

What are dogs really known for? Are they soft and cuddly? Man’s best friend? The fact: all are true, but one thing about dogs that we know to be true, is that they have an impeccable sense of smell.

 

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Topics: C. diff., Hospital Acquired Infections, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Healthcare-Associated Infections

How to Make It Easier for Patients to Speak Up About Hand Hygiene

According to an article humans unconsciously touch their noses and mouths more than 3.6 times per hour. When we do this, not only do we spread germs into our bodies from whatever we were touching; we spread germs from our bodies onto whatever we touch next. In the course of a day, we expose ourselves to potential infection – as well as transmit opportunities to infect others – about 86.4 times.

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Topics: Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Healthcare-Associated Infections, Healthcare Hand Hygiene

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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