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Infection Control Problems In Nursing Homes

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/2/17 8:45 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in Infection Control, Infection Prevention

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In one facility, 59% of its residents tested positive for a bacterial infection. Yes, you read that right, more than half of the residents in a nursing home had an infection. A "significant presence" of multidrug-resistant bacteria, like E. coli, has been discovered among a quarter of nursing home residents, says a new study conducted by researchers at the Columbia University School of Nursing.

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Could You Be Doing More To Prevent Infections?

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/4/17 8:45 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in Infection Prevention

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In North Carolina a video was recently created and released that addresses physicians and health care providers in an effort to stop communicable disease and other infections. This rule is named NC Rule .0206 Infection Control in Healthcare Settings.

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5 Considerations When Choosing A Disinfectant

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/21/17 9:15 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in Infection Control, Infection Prevention, Disinfectant

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If you are on the path of looking for a new supplier for your facilities disinfectant needs there are some considerations that you need to have. Your needs should be a good match for the solution that you will end up choosing. Your choice to switch could be to save some money in the budget, you are unhappy with your current disinfectant line, or you are just looking for a better product overall. Here are 5 things that you should consider when researching new disinfectant options.

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Break The Chain Of Infection

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/16/17 9:30 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in Infection Prevention, Hand Hygiene

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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!

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Cleaning for Infection Prevention: Norovirus

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/17/17 9:15 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in CDC, Infection Prevention

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Norovirus is one of those viruses that infects so many people each and every year. It is spread so quickly and easily that once you realize that it is out of control, it is nearly too late - and you are probably already sick or are feeling symptoms.

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Where are the Germs Hiding on Airplanes?

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/10/17 10:00 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in Infection Prevention

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When you are gearing up for your next business trip with a colleague; or an exotic vacation with the family, chances are that you will be taking a plane to your destination. 

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Save Your Budget By Investing In Cleaning

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/6/17 9:00 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in ISSA, Infection Prevention

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There are germs and bugs everywhere you are. They are incredibly dangerous because you cannot see where they are. This is why cleaning and your environmental services department is so incredibly necessary. 

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Cleaning for Infection Prevention: Cold and Flu

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/4/17 1:25 PM / by Jill Tilton posted in ISSA, CDC, Infection Prevention

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11 Recommended Cleaning & Disinfection Practices to Prevent the Spread of Colds and the Flu

In 2014 ISSA put together an amazing guide titled Cleaning for Infection Prevention: Cold and Flu that is still incredibly relevant today. In this guide there is a particular section that covers recommended cleaning and disinfection practices that we will share with you below. 

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Making Health Care Safer: ISSA Infographic

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/29/16 11:45 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in ISSA, Infection Prevention

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 There are too many places where patients in a hospital can get an infection. From a catheter, to improperly washed hands. The thing is to do your best to prevent these infections from spreading.

The worst types of infections are those that are antibiotic-resistant. The infographic below covers the many actions that should be taken to prevent antibiotic-resistant infections in a healthcare setting. By working together; we can all make heath care safer.

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Cleaning Times for Hospitals - ISSA

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/23/16 11:00 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in ISSA, Infection Prevention

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Back in 2009 there was a study that came about that investigated what the best practices were in healthcare settings for cleaning and disinfecting. This study was started by The Canadian Association of Environmental Management in conjunction with Queens University.

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