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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

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

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

25% of Seniors Leave Hospital with Superbugs


Recently I spent my Friday night at the hospital emergency.  Thankfully everything turned out fine, but as I sat in the waiting room, I couldn’t help but view things from an infection prevention perspective.  Call it a professional hazard, but watching out for potential infection transfer seemed to help pass the time.

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Topics: Long Term Care, Hospital Acquired Infections, MRSA, Infection Prevention in Healthcare

The Most Effective Way to Use Hand Sanitizer



Did you know that you may have been cleaning your hands wrong this whole time? A recent study finds that the most effective way to sanitize your hands is the 6 step method recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Topics: Hand sanitizer, Hospital Acquired Infections, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Infection prevention

SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands 5 May 2016

Each year the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign aims to progress the goal of maintaining a global profile on the importance of hand hygiene in health care and to ‘bring people together’ in support of hand hygiene improvement globally.

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

"Er...Doctor, Can You Please Wash Your Hands?"

When it comes to asking doctors if they’ve washed their hands, most patients are washouts.

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Hand hygiene compliance, Hand Washing, Handwashing, Hospital Acquired Infections, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Hand Washing Behavior, Healthcare Hand Hygiene

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