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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…


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…


Minimizing Risk For Your Facility Leave a comment Read more »

Minimizing Risk For Your Facility

  Addressing issues that can increase occupant illness and reduce productivity. By Kristen Foth May 03, 2014, Cleaning and Maintenance Management Magazine A risk management plan is essential for any business. A thorough plan can be established by identifying and assessing all risks and then…


Joint Commission and IHI Collaborate Leave a comment Read more »

Joint Commission and IHI Collaborate

The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare’s Targeted Solutions Tool™ (TST) for Hand Hygiene is featured in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) newest Expedition program: “Impacting Hand Hygiene at the Frontline.” The Expedition’s six web-based sessions, which begin July 30, 2013, are designed to…


Fear the Curtain-Part 3 Leave a comment Read more »

Fear the Curtain-Part 3

In “Fear the Curtain” Parts 1 and 2, I attempted to define the current state of affairs as it relates to privacy curtains in hospitals. First, healthcare workers and patients frequently touch privacy curtains before, during and after care encounters. This may promote transfer of…


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

Fear the Curtain–Part 1

It has long been thought that environmental cleanliness was the key to curbing the spread of cross-transmission.  Not to minimize meticulous handwashing by healthcare workers, but once hands are clean, they can quickly become contaminated if the environmental surfaces are not clean and disinfected. The…


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Hand Washing

Hand washing—The Life You Save May Be Your Own! When it comes to the prevention and control of infections, the best advice I can give you is advice your mother gave you as a child: “Wash your hands!” And, if you ever find yourself hospitalized,…


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