In the UK today, the threat of healthcare associated infections (HCAI’s) is alarming, with approximately 300,000 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; meaning healthcare professionals have less time to focus on new admittances.Read More
Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog
“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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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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This year the WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign on May 5th focuses on: