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What Can Happen If You Forget To Wash Your Hands?

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/28/19 10:30 AM / by Safetec posted in Hand Washing, Staying Healthy, Hygiene, Flu Prevention, Infection Prevention, Hand Hygiene

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Washing your hands is an essential part of daily routines that can help to keep you safer from potentially harmful microorganisms. There are a wide range of problems that could arise if you do not frequently and adequately wash your hands throughout the day. You could be setting yourself up for various types of illnesses, could be putting other people around you at risk, as well as potentially leading to antibiotic resistance.

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Everyday Items You Should Wash Your Hands After Touching

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/21/19 10:30 AM / by Safetec posted in Hand Washing, Hand Hygiene

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Washing your hands with soap and water is something many people may overlook throughout the day unless using a restroom or your hands are visibly dirty. Many things we will come in contact with are covered with all types of germs that could potentially be harmful to us and get us sick. Some of these are common sense that they would be covered with these germs, but we still choose to not wash our hands after using them oftentimes.

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Safety and Effectiveness of Consumer Hand Sanitizers

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/14/19 10:30 AM / by Safetec

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The CDC issued a final rule for over the counter (OTC) hand sanitizers, that they are safe and effective for consumers with regular use of these. The CDC has said that certain active ingredients are not allowed to be in OTC hand sanitizers and any of these active ingredients would have to be considered topical consumer antiseptic rub products which are to be used without water. This final rule issued by the CDC is also intended to ensure the agency is up to date on safety and effectiveness evaluations and appropriately reflect current scientific knowledge.

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Definitions of Hazardous Drugs: Part 2

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/7/19 10:30 AM / by Safetec

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Healthcare workers involved in the preparation or administration of hazardous drugs require personal protection equipment, or PPE, to help prevent any of the drugs from getting on themselves, which will lead to many potential adverse effects. Some PPE which should be worn by anyone handling these hazardous drugs are NIOSH-certified respirators, gloves, full body covering gown, face and eye protection, hair covers, and shoe covers to help assure protection from exposure to these hazardous drugs. If the healthcare workers use this full kit to protect themselves while handling hazardous drugs, this will significantly decrease the risk of exposure to the hazardous drug.

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Definitions of Hazardous Drugs: Part 1

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/31/19 10:30 AM / by Safetec posted in Worker Safety, occupational health & safety

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With many types of drugs used in healthcare, there are various classes of drugs which are used, and some of these can be considered hazardous drugs. There is no safe level of exposure for anyone to these drugs, but they are used with some patients because the benefits of their administration are better than the negative results if not used.

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How To Properly Handle A Chemotherapy Spill

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/24/19 10:30 AM / by Safetec posted in Spill Kits, PPE, chemotherapy spill

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Many healthcare facilities, especially hospitals, will eventually experience a spill of some chemotherapy drug at that facility. Healthcare facilities are required to have chemotherapy spill kits in case of any chemotherapy drugs that spill. Chemotherapy drugs are considered any agent or drug, excluding hormonal agents, that are intended to kill malignancies. When these chemotherapy drugs spill, they can be very harmful to people as there is no chemotherapy drug which has any safe limit for drug exposure, except for patients receiving these as treatment, which still has harmful effects on the patient. These chemotherapy drugs can affect people in 4 different ways: inhalation, ingestion, injection, or absorption.

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Back To School - Is Your Classroom Prepared?

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/17/19 10:30 AM / by Safetec

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With summer fast approaching and another new school year just around the corner, there are many things that need to be done to prepare for the new school year. Keeping the classroom clean and keeping the teachers and students healthy is an essential part of preparing for the school year. Safetec offers a variety of products which are perfect for keeping classrooms clean and safe.

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Ending HIV Campaign

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/10/19 10:30 AM / by Safetec posted in HIV

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With technology in the United States reaching levels never thought possible, the number of new HIV infections is at an all-time low. New laboratory testing abilities and new medications have allowed us to pinpoint the most affected geographical regions of the United States and then provide the proper medications to those people. 

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Top 5 Infection Control Mistakes: Part 2

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/26/19 10:30 AM / by Safetec posted in Infection Control

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In the healthcare world, there aren’t many things that are more important than practicing proper infection control procedures. One slip up could cause a staff member or patient to contract a life-threatening infection. An outbreak could also bring the CDC down upon your facility and harm your facilities reputation. When it comes to infection control, it is better to be safe than sorry. Make sure you are practicing proper handwashing, proper disinfecting, and wearing appropriate PPE to reduce the risk of dangerous Hospital Acquired Infections.

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The Differences Between Antibiotics and Painkillers

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/19/19 10:30 AM / by Safetec posted in Antibiotic, Bacteria

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Antibiotics and painkillers are both frequently prescribed medications, but both have very different actions to achieve their goals of helping the person to feel better during the course of the infection.

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