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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,…


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…


The 3 Legged Stool: People, Process and Technology--Part 2 Leave a comment Read more »

The 3 Legged Stool: People, Process and Technology–Part 2

In Part 1 of this three-part blog, I discussed the all important role that people play in delivering a safe, clean and disinfected environment for patients to recuperate in.  Although I was writing with hospitals in mind, I didn’t intend for it to be about…


The 3-Legged Stool: People, Process and Technology--Part 1 Leave a comment Read more »

The 3-Legged Stool: People, Process and Technology–Part 1

After being in the business of providing a safe, clean and disinfected environment in hospitals for the past 33 years, I have come to the conclusion that the best cleaning/disinfection program involves three basic elements: 1. People; 2. Process; and 3. Technology. In this 3…


Of Hospitals and Airplanes Leave a comment Read more »

Of Hospitals and Airplanes

On March 26, 2014, the media department of the CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) released this news, “Despite Progress, Ongoing Effort Needed to Combat Infections Impacting Hospital Patients” (go here: http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p0326-hospital-patients.html to read the news release). Here is a quote from the…


Infection Prevention Q & A Part 5--C. diff Cleaning Leave a comment Read more »

Infection Prevention Q & A Part 5–C. diff Cleaning

Question-What is the best cleaning procedure and product to use when cleaning C. diff patient’s room? Answer-The control of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) within an isolated patient’s room is essential for current and future patients. It’s the out of control nature of watery diarrhea that…


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