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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands Day! Your Five Action Items for May 5

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) First Global Patient Safety Challenge: Clean Care is Safer Care, aimed at reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) worldwide. The SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands annual global campaign, a natural extension of the Clean Care is Safer Care program, highlights the importance of all healthcare workers cleaning their hands at the right time and in the right way. This year’s campaign theme is Strengthening healthcare systems and delivery – hand hygiene is your entrance door, which aims to galvanize action at the point of care to demonstrate that hand hygiene is the entrance door for reducing HAIs and patient safety.

 

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Don’t Be Fooled. Know How to Combat Common Excuses for Lapses in Hand Hygiene.

The importance of practicing proper hand hygiene is nothing to joke about. Healthcare workers around the globe know they should clean their hands before, during and after patient encounters. Yet an astonishing number still don't follow established guidelines for hand hygiene. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, healthcare worker hand hygiene compliance remains below 40 percent. Read More

Topics: Infection Prevention in Healthcare

Wash. Rinse. Repeat : Hand Washing For Food Safety

When it comes foodborne illness, the foodservice industry has benefited from advances made in food science and technology. Restaurants are better equipped to prevent illness, and when an outbreak does occur it is easier to identify the outbreak and stop it than in the past.

 

Restaurants have also benefited from advances and improvements in transportation. The world has become “flatter,” allowing even small or moderate-size operations to establish reliable sources of food that originate in distant parts of the world. Advances in data management allow us to better trace, recall and retrieve items that may be contaminated, adulterated or mislabeled.

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Topics: Cross-contamination Prevention - Food Industry, Food Safety

Everybody Is Doing It: How Social Networks Can Increase Handwashing

If you were asked to describe a social network how would you respond? Would you reference Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites? Perhaps you’d list an organization you are a part of, such as a professional association. Or, you might have no idea how to describe a social network, but a vague idea that it has to do with relationships.

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Is Your Workplace Making You Sick? No, Really!

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average employed American adult spends more than 53% of their waking hours at work. That is more time spent working than eating, drinking, relaxing, spending time with others and doing household activities combined. Unfortunately, statistics also show that most work settings are hotbeds for germs and bacteria.  Implementing a solid hand hygiene program can play a key role in eliminating infection and other related workplace maladies. The following infographic from Deb addresses the scope of this problem, highlighting the price we pay for ignoring skin safety and hygiene and offering a few simple solutions to solve it.
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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Low Tech But Still The Most Important: Wash Your Hands; Wash Your Hands; Wash Your Hands

The Foodservice/Hospitality Industry has benefited from advances made in Food Science and Technology.  The more sophisticated and detailed our knowledge of Foodborne illness the better we are able to prevent it.  When a Foodborne Illness Outbreak occurs we are now better able to identify the outbreak and stop it than we have been in the past.   The Foodservice/Hospitality Industry has also benefited from advances and improvements in transportation.  The world has become “flatter” allowing even small or moderate size operations to establish reliable sources of food that originate in distant parts of the world.   Advances in data management allow us to better trace, recall and retrieve items that may be contaminated, adulterated or mislabelled.

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Topics: Cross-contamination Prevention - Food Industry

Overcoming Misconceptions: How Skin Care is Becoming a Top Industry Priority

Industrial hand cleaners have steadily evolved since they were first introduced to the market in the 1890s. From powdered hand soap and home-brewed concoctions to the liquid plus abrasive favored today, one alarming detail remains the same. Most are still far too strong for the job. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that occupational skin disorders such as dermatitis, which are often caused by exposure to harsh chemicals, are the most common types of workplace illnesses with estimated costs (including time away from work, reduced productivity and workers compensation claims) exceeding $1 billion annually. However, by choosing the proper hand cleansing products, occupational skin disease can significantly be reduced.

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Topics: Occupational Skin Disease

How To Heal Workers' Hands and Save Money

According to the NORA Dermal Exposure Research Program (DERP) of the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), more than 13 million workers in the United States are potentially exposed to chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin.1 Those hazards can cause numerous skin irritations, ranging from simple dry skin to more advanced, painful and, ultimately, costly conditions such as dermatitis.

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Topics: Occupational Skin Disease

5 Gross Hygiene Facts

 

We've come a long way in our hygiene habits since the middle ages. Back then most people believed bathing was unhealthy and since toilets didn't exist, chamber pots were just emptied out the nearest window. Thankfully the Romans were smart enough to give us soap, which can be traced back all the way to 2800 BC.
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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Should You Wash Your Hands After Handling Cash?

People worry about it, marry into it, kill for it and dedicate their whole lives to accumulate as much as possible. Also considered the root of all evil, we are of course talking about money. Humans have had a strong affinity for money and its history can be traced back to over 14, 000 years ago. There are a number of myths surrounding money with the most famous being that 4 in every 5 dollar bills in the US carries traces of cocaine. The myth has found to be true, not so much because of the extent of drug taking but how residues can be spread between notes by handling, ATM and counting machines. Although the myth is true it should be noted that the quantities of the drug ranges from parts per trillion to parts per billion.

 

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Food Safety

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