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Fear the Curtain--Part 1 Leave a comment Read more »

Fear the Curtain–Part 1

It has long been thought that environmental cleaning is a very important key to curbing the spread of cross-transmission in the patient-care environment.  Not to minimize meticulous handwashing by healthcare workers, but once hands are clean, they can quickly become contaminated if environmental surfaces are…


Contact Times for Surface Disinfectants Leave a comment Read more »

Contact Times for Surface Disinfectants

“Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of “crackpot” than the stigma of conformity,” Thomas J. Watson I cringe when I read a LinkenIn post recently. The post stated,…


Controlling Infection Spread in Waiting Rooms Leave a comment Read more »

Controlling Infection Spread in Waiting Rooms

Have you been to see your doctor recently? Many clinics, urgent care centers, emergency rooms and physician practice waiting rooms are not a safe place during this cold and flu season. The United States experiences epidemics of seasonal flu each year. This time of year…


Athlete's Mouth?! Leave a comment Read more »

Athlete’s Mouth?!

Could you imagine football without helmets, soccer without shin pads or even basketball without a hole cut out of the bottom of the basket? It’s amazing to consider the evolution of sports equipment – from where games started and where they have come. In 1947,…


It's All About the Cleaning (Part 2) Leave a comment Read more »

It’s All About the Cleaning (Part 2)

Although cleanliness is next to godliness, it’s also very closely related to disinfection. In fact, cleaning can avert the need to disinfect in some situations because clean and dry surfaces can’t harbor microbial growth for very long. A disinfectant kills microbes. However, depending on the…


It's All About the Cleaning, Part 1 Leave a comment Read more »

It’s All About the Cleaning, Part 1

It is difficult for me to believe there are MDs in the epidemiology field who still don’t have “enough evidence” to make them believe that environmental hygiene is key to preventing hospital-acquired infections. I say to them, “It’s all about the cleaning!” I am not…


What Do We Mean by "Cleaning" and "Disinfection"? Leave a comment Read more »

What Do We Mean by “Cleaning” and “Disinfection”?

In our world today, but especially in healthcare, there are few if any, tenets as impervious to overstatement as the importance of cleanliness.  A facility might appear to be ‘clean’ and not be safe and disinfected.  However, if the facility is safe and disinfected, it…


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