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Break The Chain Of Infection

[fa icon="calendar"] 3/16/17 9:30 AM / by Jill Tilton

Think about all of the places that you are traveling to today. It may be your child's school, work, the gym, soccer practice, the grocery store. We can guarantee you, without a doubt that there are germs in each of those locations. These germs have a good chance of getting you sick if they get into your system. How can you stop the chain of infection from getting from the grocery cart handle to your mouth? You have to break the chain!

In the infographic below, it represents six areas where the chain must be broken to stop germs from infecting another person. As long as you break the chain at any link; be it infectious agent, reservoir, portal of exit, mode of transmission, portal of entry, or susceptible host you can remain healthy.

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 Looking at this infographic above what is one of the easiest ways that you can break the chain of infection? Hand hygiene of course! It is mentioned under 3 links of the chain (portal of exit, mode of transmission and portal of entry. According to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), "handwashing is the single most important procedure for preventing the spread of infection." The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) concurs, stating that "handwashing causes a significant reduction in the carriage of potential pathogens on the hands," and [in healthcare settings it] "can result in reductions in patient morbidity and mortality from nosocomial infection."

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Sources: http://professionals.site.apic.org/files/2016/09/Break-the-Chain-of-Infection.pdf

http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/articles/2000/07/handwashing-breaking-the-chain-of-infection.aspx

Topics: Infection Prevention, Hand Hygiene

Jill Tilton

Written by Jill Tilton

As the Digital Marketing Strategist, Jill works on strengthening the Safetec website and brand. She optimizes the website to its peak potential and suggests different marketing techniques to bring in qualified leads to the sales team. She also works with online marketplaces such as Amazon, ESP, and ThomasNet to generate additional revenue. In her off time, Jill enjoys spending time with her family.