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An Ounce of Prevention–Part 2

In March, 2011, I presented a webinar in Critical Issues Online Seminar Series-Infection Control for CMM magazine. We encouraged the listeners to submit questions that I then answered. Here are just two of the questions and replies: Q “We have an athletic facility that has…


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Cleaning’s Role in Preventing Infections

The hospital’s Housekeeping Department is responsible for the regular and routine cleaning of all surfaces and maintaining a high level of hygiene in the facility in collaboration with the Infection Control Committee. The Housekeeping Department’s charge is: Classifying the different hospital areas by varying need…


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Cleaning for Health-What You Can’t See, Can Hurt You (Part 2)

As you can plainly see, the “unseen enemy” can be very frightening and threatening to the unsuspecting or unarmed person.  But, with science on our side, we can develop some hands-on infection prevention strategies. Introducing Hands-on Infection Prevention Strategies Although cleanliness may be next to…


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Lowering the Curtain on HAI’s

It has long been thought that environmental cleanliness was the key to curbing the spread of cross-contamination. 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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I Don’t Want a Lot for Christmas…

“I don’t want a lot for Christmas, there’s just one thing I need…” I always liked the Mariah Carey Christmas song titled “All I Want for Christmas”.  But, Michael Buble does a much softer and more romantic version of the song on his new Christmas…


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Prevention Trumps a Cure Everytime!

Every employee you will encounter in a hospital, whether it be a physician, nurse or cleaning professional, has sworn to uphold an oath to do good, treat justly and accept the patient’s wishes as the ultimate authority. In essence, their oath is to first, do…


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But, is it really clean?

It is a time worn tradition to use a white glove to inspect surfaces for cleanliness. For too long now, “clean” has been a subjective term. Two people inspecting the same room or the same object might have a different opinion about whether or not…


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