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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…


Q & A--Part 3 (The Magic of Microfiber) Leave a comment Read more »

Q & A–Part 3 (The Magic of Microfiber)

Question–What is the role of microfiber in infection control? Answer–One of the greatest cleaning weapons in the war against harmful microorganisms is microfiber (ultra-fine synthetic fibers woven into cloth) in the form of mops, high dusters, carpet cleaning pads and cleaning cloths. In the same…


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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…


An Ounce of Prevention…PART II Leave a comment Read more »

An Ounce of Prevention…PART II

In early 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 a few of the questions and answers: Q “I clean using the open…


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