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Top 10 Hand Hygiene Articles of 2016

Patrick Boshell
December 06, 2016



Another year is coming to an end and it's time to thank all our subscribers and occasional readers by sharing with you our most popular articles on hand hygiene, infection prevention and food safety from this year. We will be taking a break and returning with new exciting content and new look on January 13th.  


Here are the Top 10 Hand Hygiene Articles of 2016...

1. Inaccurate Hand Hygiene Compliance Rates Challenged

The debate of whether healthcare professionals are keeping their hands clean enough made it all the way to the House of Commons in the United Kingdom recently.  The issue is that some UK hospitals are reporting hand hygiene compliance rates as high as 100% though independent studies show the real numbers can be as low as 18%. Read more...


2. Top 3 Infection Prevention Tips for the Movies

Crowded. That was the first thing I noticed when my family and I went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens over the holidays. As we moved through the busy theatre with popcorn in hand to our seats, it struck me just how many people were packed together – at least, a couple hundred. By the time the preshow started, there wasn’t an empty seat in the house. Read more...


3. Can the ‘Yuck Factor’ Motivate People to Wash their Hands?

Be honest.  Have you ever neglected to wash your hands after using the washroom? Unfortunately, 1 in every 5 people you meet did just that. 


Sure germs are gross, but since you can’t see them, many neglect to see the urgency of hand hygiene.  Turns out, only 5% of people who use washrooms actually wash their hands long enough to kill the germs that cause infections. Read more...


4. Study: Is Going To The Mall Bad For Your Health?

Some people are addicted to it, some like to just pass their time hanging around, whilst others dread it. We are of course talking about taking a trip to the shopping mall. Throughout human history, the marketplace has brought people together to shop, trade and socialize. Although modern shopping malls are far removed from the traditional open marketplace there are similarities in that it brings a high density of people together within an environment of common contact surfaces. It follows that the shopping mall has come under the spotlight for transferring and disseminating infectious agents. The most “germy” place encountered is of course the washrooms but what other “pits of peril” can we expect to encounter when out shopping at the mall? Read more...


5. Hand Sanitizer vs. Soap and Water: Which Hand Hygiene Method Should You Use?

When it comes to cleaning one's hands in a healthcare setting, the general rule of thumb is to use soap and water to wash hands if they are visibly soiled. Otherwise, hand sanitizer is sufficient. Let’s take a closer look at this rule. Read more...


6. The Trade Offs with Touch Free Restrooms

Touch-free restrooms have become very popular.  Building owners and facility managers like them because it creates a pleasing modern appearance and many of the technologies can help save money by reducing resource use such as water and paper towels.  From a health perspective, we know that encouraging handwashing is a good thing, as it is known that proper handwashing is perhaps the best and most cost effective measure to help protect health.  Automated restrooms can help achieve this goal. Read more...


7. Is The Flu (Or Another Bug) On Your Menu Today?

Everyone loves a great meal–especially when someone else is cooking, serving and doing all your dishes! We love to dine out and do it more than ever before. Back in the 1970’s, Americans spent about 36% of their food budget on restaurants and today that number is closer to 48%. The National Restaurant Association reports that the average person purchases a snack or meal from a restaurant 5.8 times a week. Read more...


8. What Is The Correct Hand Washing Technique?

You've been told to wash your hands your whole life, from childhood to adulthood, but lately it seems like hand hygiene is spreading as fast as the infections it's trying to prevent - hand washing has become the new hype. Read more...


9. Celebrity Chef Hand Washing Fail

I’ll admit it.  I’m a bit of a foodie.  Who doesn’t love a great meal, especially when a professional chef is preparing it?  It’s amazing what they can do with the same ingredients we have – except they make it so much better. Read more...


10. This Is Where Germs Are Lurking In Your Home

Most homeowners take pride in keeping their homes clean and tidy. The kitchen and washrooms get most of our attention when it comes to cleaning, but does all that time scrubbing, shining, polishing and sweeping really make a difference when it comes to keeping germs away? And are we spending too much time cleaning specific areas of the house but neglecting other areas where bacteria lurk even more? Read more...


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