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Fist Bump or Handshake: Which is Safer?

Viewers of the game show Deal or No Deal probably remember host Howie Mandel's habit of bumping fists with contestants instead of shaking their hands. It was later revealed that Mandel preferred the fist bump because of an intense fear of germs, which was part of his obsessive-compulsive disorder. With hand hygiene compliance becoming such a critical issue in the healthcare arena, experts are considering whether Mandel was ahead of his time.

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Odd Workplace Washroom Behavior

According to a new U.S. study, "A surprising number of Americans have used their workplace washrooms for more than they were intended."

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Break the Chain of Transmission Challenge!

Epidemiology is the science which studies the modes of transmission of pathogenic agents, the causes of diseases, their impact on health, as well as the economical and the sociological consequences of outbreaks in populations. 

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Topics: Transmission of disease, Epidemiology, Chain of Transmission, Quiz

What's your Flu I.Q.?

Flu season is in full swing and you've probably been bombarded with flu prevention messages for several months.

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3 Things on My Hand Hygiene Holiday Wish List

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…”

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Topics: Hand hygiene

Call Into Work Sick....Please!

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.

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Topics: Hand hygiene compliance, Hand Hygiene Education, Improving hand hygiene compliance, Absenteeism, Hand Hygiene Communication, Viruses, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Flu Prevention, Infection prevention, Flu, Viruses of Winter, Flu Transmission, CDC, Germs in the office, Hand Washing Behavior

"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

Top 10 Hand Hygiene Articles in 2014

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.

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How to Keep your Workers' Skin Healthy

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.

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Hand Hygiene Education, Hand Washing, Glove guidelines, PPE, Gloves, Food workers, Chapped Skin, Occupational Skin Disease, Preventing Occupational Skin Disease, Chemical Hazards, Skin damage

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.

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Topics: Personal Protective Equipment, Skin Irritations, PPE, Gloves, Dermatitis, Occupational Skin Disease, Preventing Occupational Skin Disease

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