Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs), also called nosocomial infections or Hospital-Acquired Infections, are as bad as they sound – infections that a patient gets while receiving care in a healthcare setting (hospital, clinic, ambulance, etc.). Pneumonia, surgical-site infections, and gastrointestinal illnesses are among the most common HAIs. The CDC estimates that 1 in 25 hospital patients ..
Remember how germs and colds spread like wildfire back when you were in school? And not just among students but to the teachers and parents as well. Every business and office building is unique, but they all have germ hotspots where colds and flu like to hang out and spread. In no particular order, here’s ..
Autumn is upon us. How do you notice fall is here? Is it the pumpkin-flavored coffees at your favorite café, sweaters on sale at the mall or the telltale sign of fall – changing leaves and cooler temperatures? For many, fall brings the dreaded flu. There is still no concrete explanation as to why flu ..
Infection control is a hot topic right now due to the Ebola outbreak in various parts of the world and Enterovirus (EV-D68), which is affecting children and teenagers across most of the United States. Sometimes, it is only after a disaster or tragedy that the general population becomes aware of infectious diseases. This cold and ..
One of the perks of being online is the ability to express yourself in different ways through social media, phone apps and other popular channels of expression. Whisper, an app that has skyrocketed in popularity, allows users to post confessions ranging from humorous happenings to serious situations and other random life lessons. So what are ..
With school well underway, and flu season around the corner, we thought it would be a good idea to keep you informed of what to look for so you can avoid getting sick. Schools, in particular drinking fountains, door handles, cafeteria tables and chairs, and restrooms are ideal environments for germs to live and grow. ..
Time for a pop quiz! Which one of these items found in schools has the most germs? a. Computer keyboard b. Toilet seat c. Cafeteria tray Is it the computer keyboard? Nope. Although germy (about 3,300 bacteria per square inch) and should definitely be sanitized often. Read on to see how the other choices compare. ..
A child’s mind is like a sponge; it absorbs everything they hear and see. This is great when teaching them to tie their shoes, brush their teeth, and avoid dangerous things. But, what about what they can’t see, like germs? Some schools and teachers have shown creative ways to teach children that hand washing is ..
We all have our own way of sneezing. Some are so loud you can hear it through the entire house (or office), others are high pitched and others are downright funny. Many say “Bless you” or “Gesundheit,” or pass a tissue to whoever is sneezing. An old wives tale says to place a hand in front of ..
When picking a daycare center for your child, questions that may be on top of your list include who will be watching your kids, how attentively, and the type of environment they’ll be in. The web offers lots of useful information for parents looking for quality childcare; however, one thing that’s missing is the cleanliness ..