Infection Control & First Aid Blog

What Are Cold-Related Illnesses?

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/21/18 8:45 AM / by Lindsey McCarthy

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No matter where you live, chilling temperatures can have a severe effect on the human body. Cold-related illnesses and injuries can be very painful. Everyone should be aware of the following possibilities.

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What Causes Chapped Lips?

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/15/18 9:00 AM / by Lindsey McCarthy posted in Safetec Products, Personal Care

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The Winter season is best known for cold temperatures and chapped lips. Chapped lips can be painful due to dryness, cracking, flaking, tenderness, itchiness, and soreness. These are all common because of poor lip care practices.

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The Flu Can Cause Severe Complications

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/5/18 9:00 AM / by Lindsey McCarthy posted in Influenza Season, Cold and Flu

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Everyone has a different reaction to the flu when it comes to the symptoms and recovery time. That we all know, but not everyone knows about the complications that can arise from having the flu. Those people that are at a higher risk of severe flu complications are young children, adults of the age 65 or older, pregnant women, and people with chronic medical conditions.

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Is the Flu Contagious Through the Air?

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/1/18 8:45 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in Influenza Season, Flu Prevention, Cold and Flu

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The flu virus is known to spread through coughing, sneezing, and touching surfaces. But new research from the University of Maryland in College Park shows something new. People with the flu can spread the virus into the air around them just by breathing. Their research shows those who are infected with the virus generate tiny droplets that stay suspended within the air for a long time. This is true even when they aren't coughing or sneezing and happens the most within the first few days of illness.

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Cold Season is Here, Learn How To Protect Yourself

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/24/18 9:15 AM / by Lindsey McCarthy posted in Cold and Flu

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A sick man lying on the sofa in the living room.jpegIt's that time of year again when most people start to get what doctors call the common cold. Usually, it starts with a sore throat followed by a runny nose. The next thing you know, you are missing school or work because of your cold.

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2017 - 2018 Flu Season: How Bad Is It?

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/18/18 9:15 AM / by Lindsey McCarthy posted in Cold and Flu

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The United States isn't experiencing the average flu season. Americans are suffering from one of the most severe flu seasons ever reported in U.S. history. The entire continental U.S. shows widespread activity at this point and experts are saying the country isn't ready for a severe epidemic

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DOT CFR49 and UN3373 Compliance

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/11/18 8:45 AM / by Jordan Weinstein posted in Standards & Compliance

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Two different regulations were made as a guide for the rules that need to be followed when working with hazardous materials to ensure that biological and infectious substances are appropriately handled and shipped safely. As part Title 49, the Department of Transport (DOT CFR49), was made to issue some requirements that shippers of these materials need to follow. Section 137 goes explicitly into details about the different packaging methods in regards to various modes of transportation, the different specifications and the responsibilities of the shippers. UN3373 Category B packaging regulations were also made to individually handle biological and infectious substances, which goes together with the CFR 49 requirements. This packaging needs to include the container to hold the material, a material that is wrapped around the container in case of spills, and an outer packaging container for it to be transported in.
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Should I use Soap and Water or Hydrogen Peroxide to Clean a Minor Wound?

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/3/18 8:45 AM / by Jordan Weinstein posted in First Aid

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No matter the field that someone works in, it is prevalent for people to acquire some cuts or bruises throughout the day. These minor injuries could be just getting a paper cut on your hand or tripping and cutting your leg/foot. Although these are only small wounds that most people don’t pay too much attention to, is essential to clean them properly to prevent any infections from building.

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The Basics of Infection Control

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/27/17 9:00 AM / by Morgan Bedford posted in Infection Prevention

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To understand infection control, you have to understand the chain of infection and ways to disrupt this chain to protect yourself. Links of the chain include the microorganism, reservoir, portal of exit, mode of transmission, portal of entry, and susceptible host. 

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8 Of The Most Common First Aid Injuries

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/21/17 8:45 AM / by Morgan Bedford posted in First Aid

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First aid is required in many ways, shapes and forms. It is always a good idea to have basic first aid skills just in case you need it yourself, or someone needs it around you. Here is a list with the 8 most common injuries requiring first aid and what you can do when an accident like this occurs.

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