Infection Control & First Aid Blog

Top 5 Infection Control Mistakes: Part 1

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/17/19 10:30 AM / by Safetec posted in Universal Precaution

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When visiting a healthcare facility one usually trusts the healthcare professionals to care for them to the best of their ability. You may not consider the fact that even though they are professionals, they still can make human mistakes. These mistakes, if not carefully monitored and fixed can lead to a severe risk of infection. Let’s take a look at some of the more common mistakes, and some ways to prevent them in the future.

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OSHA vs EPA; The Jurisdiction of Two Compliance Titans

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/10/19 10:30 AM / by Safetec posted in OSHA, Compliance, EPA

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In the modern workplace, proper cleanliness and sanitation are vital to making sure that disease doesn’t spread. However, in the healthcare world keeping your facility disease free isn’t nearly as easy. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Health Safety Administration regularly update strict guidelines for facility sanitation and the production of sanitation products. These major players are responsible for updating the compliance regulations on businesses and public health in general.

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SaniZide Pro vs SaniZide Plus

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/27/19 10:30 AM / by Safetec posted in Disinfectant

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Being able to disinfect surfaces is paramount in areas where dangerous diseases and substances are handled. If these surfaces aren’t correctly decontaminated, people can be seriously injured or even killed. Disinfecting isn’t a joke, so it is crucial your facility has a reliable disinfectant that can bear that burden. Safetec produces two high-quality disinfectants called SaniZide Pro and SaniZide Plus.

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Spill Control Solidifier Solutions

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/20/19 10:30 AM / by Safetec posted in Spill Kits, Solidifier

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Safetec recently celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary, and it’s important to look back at the products that were there since the beginning, Safetec’s Fluid control solidifiers. When it comes to disposing of spills, it is paramount that they are solidified before removal. A non-solid spill causes a severe risk of cross-contamination. In a hospital or healthcare environment these spills can contain harmful bacteria, so the cross-contamination risk becomes even more severe. Thankfully, Safetec has three fluid control solidifiers perfect for your needs.

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What is RSV & Who is at Risk?

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/13/19 10:30 AM / by Safetec posted in Virus

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During the winter months, children and older adults are particularly at high risk for contracting Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). According to the CDC, almost all children will be infected with RSV by the age of 2.

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Hand Sanitizer Is Essential During Cold & Flu Season

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/6/19 10:30 AM / by Safetec

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With the cold and flu season upon us in these winter months, repeated use of hand sanitizer is essential to keeping ourselves healthy and preventing sickness during this time of the year. Regular use of hand sanitizer by employees has shown to reduce the amount of preventable healthcare claims by 24%.

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Influenza: 2018-2019 Flu Season (so far)

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/27/19 2:30 PM / by Safetec posted in Influenza Season

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Every year people want to know approaching flu season how effective the flu vaccination will be and how severe of a flu season it will likely be as well. At this point in the season, as we have yet to reach the peak of flu season, the prediction is that it will not be as severe of a season as it was last year, which was one of the highest severities of flu seasons in many years.

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From Bad to Worse; an Early 2018-2019 Flu Season Analysis

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/13/19 10:30 AM / by Safetec posted in Influenza Season

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How many times have we pushed off the first signs of illness only for it to emerge as the flu? What happens next varies from person to person. Some people are bedridden, others attempt to work through the illness, and in some severe cases, the flu claims their life. The flu isn’t a disease to take lightly, and the 2017 – 2018 season has been a bad one compared to years past.

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What is UN3373?

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/6/19 10:30 AM / by Safetec posted in Infection Prevention, Drop-In Pacs

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UN3373 is a DG shipment classification under IATA DGR -Infectious Substances. Infectious Substances are substances which are known or are reasonably expected to contain pathogens. Pathogens are defined as micro-organisms (including bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi) and other agents such as prions, which can cause diseases in humans or animals. Infectious substances can be classified into two categories: A or B according to the level of infectiousness.

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Be Cautious With Formaldehyde Spills

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/26/18 10:30 AM / by Safetec posted in Spill Kits

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Many people aren’t familiar with the chemical Formaldehyde. In its original state Formaldehyde is a colorless gas that is incredibly toxic to humans. However, in most practical situations Formaldehyde is diluted to formulate Formalin solutions. Formalin is used to disinfect surfaces, preserve cadavers, and add longevity to furnishings. Let’s take a look at what can happen if you come into contact with Formaldehyde or other Formalin fluids.

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