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3 Things on My Hand Hygiene Holiday Wish List

hand hygiene wishes

It's two weeks before the holidays. I am sitting with my four year old daughter and helping her write a letter to Santa at the same trying squeeze in the football game on TV. I am forced to reflect, as she looks at me with her curious eyes and says: “Dad what is your wish list for Santa…”


Call Into Work Sick....Please!

Call into work sick by Patrick Boshell

Did you know, 90% of office workers come to work when sick. Even worse, they know their coughing and sneezing may be infecting others, but 45% said an ever-growing workload makes it necessary.

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

handhygiene doctor

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

Top 10 Hand Hygiene Articles in 2014

Top Tens

With the holiday season getting closer everyday, we thought it would be a good time to review the top hand hygiene blog articles of 2014.  Of the many articles published in Deb's Hand Hygiene Blog, here are the top 10 articles released in 2014, ranked by number of views.

How to Keep your Workers' Skin Healthy

Worker's hands

Here’s the skinny on worker skin safety: According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), one out of every four workers is exposed to some form of skin irritant in the workplace.

Skin Care: Keep Your “Body Armor” Healthy


Medieval knights had suits of armor to protect them from dangers during their daily quests. Employees in the modern day workforce face their daily battles often equipped with protection that is only between .05mm and 1.5mm thick!  To put those measurements into perspective, that’s as thin as a sheet of copier paper and as thick as a dime. Our body armor — literally — is our skin.

Ebola: Hand Hygiene and a Bit Player with Huge Consequences?

ebola virus

In the large scheme of things having a global impact, it is believed that life on our planet is ruled by the interactions of the bacteria that drive nutrient and energy flow and the viruses that infect them.  While these are the really big players we never really give them a thought even though their processes, the delicate dance of life and death have been going on for perhaps a billion years.  Instead we are all focused on something coming out of West Africa we never even heard of until a few years ago.   And that is just the problem; neither the disease nor our disease-fighting repertoire has the experience at this rather ugly tango in which we find ourselves involved.  Ebola generally kills its human hosts too quickly to be a well-adjusted obligate parasite and we thought it could be relied upon to burn itself out.  The later of which does not qualify for a disease control plan.  

Hand Washing: Separating the Science from the Myths

hand washing

There are many old-wives tails, rumors and stories that are so ingrained that we don’t know if they are fact or fiction. The list is so long that a popular TV show called “The Myth Busters” is totally devoted to applying science to verify if myths are true or false. The show is for entertainment but it is when myths or non-substantiated knowledge, are actually applied in regulations and guidelines with the thought that someone must have done the science at some point in time. With this in mind we see the method for hand washing posted everywhere from web sites to posters above sinks. However, we rarely pause to think about the scientific evidence to support the guide on effective hand washing.

The Connundrum of EV68 Infection Control

enterovirus 68

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.

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

Global Handwashing Day

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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