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Back to School Germ Survival Kit

Back to School signifies a time of year that parents look forward to and dread at the same time.  Shopping lists may include all the usual supplies such as pencils, pens and notebooks, but can also mean stocking up on cough medicine, chicken soup, and tissues. It’s dubbed the “Back-to-School Plague” for a reason. Germs ..

Health Alert: Hepatitis A in Hawaii

Health Alert: Hepatitis A in Hawaii

Health officials in Oahu, Hawaii are currently investigating a recent outbreak of Hepatitis A. So far there have been 74 confirmed cases of the disease, all in adults, with 26 requiring hospitalization. Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). HAV is found in the stool of infected people ..

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One Item You’re Probably not Cleaning (but Should)

What’s the one thing you carry with you everywhere and use every single day (without a second thought) that may be harmful to your health? Give up? Your cellphone. It’s true. Your cellphone is a cesspool of bacteria, potentially harboring up to 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat! It makes complete sense. The ..

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POLL: How do you flush a public toilet?

Do you go through this to flush a public toilet?   Almost 60% of Americans say they flush public restroom toilets with their foot to avoid coming into contact with germs. That’s according to a 2016 Healthy Hand Washing Survey conducted by Bradley Corporation. Flushing with your foot, then leaving immediately, may be a good ..

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Ready or Not Germs, Here We Come!

Hide and Seek was a fun game to play when you were a kid — the excitement of closing your eyes and counting to ten while your friends scrambled in all directions to hide. Then, opening your eyes and knowing your friends were someplace near, but you couldn’t see them. So, what does that have ..

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Man vs. Superbug: Dawn of Patient Hand Hygiene

There is quite a bit of chatter lately about a battle between a “super being” and a man who has reason to believe the “super being” is a threat to society. Yes, it sounds very much like a certain superhero movie; however, in real life the “super being” is actually a superbug (a virus, bacteria, ..

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How Healthcare Facilities Can Green Their Clean

Do you know what “quat binding” is? No, it isn’t the latest style of shapeware or the some new kind of leg exercise. Quats, short for quaternary compounds, are effective surface disinfectants commonly used to clean medical environments. While not a green product, quats are effective at germ killing. Improper use of quats, however, can ..

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QUIZ: Test Your Flu I.Q.

Flu season starts in October. Did you know that people with the flu can spread it to others through coughs and sneezes up to about 6 feet away? Test your flu knowledge with this fun little quiz from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)!   Flu IQ Flu IQ Widget.Flash Player 9 or ..

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The cost of Healthcare-Associated Infections

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 ..

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Top Germ Hot Spots in Schools

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 ..