The past year has been challenging for all of us, but the future is finally looking a little brighter. With COVID-19 vaccinations on the rise and the CDC issuing new guidelines to open up businesses, schools, and larger venues, there is reason to believe that we are heading into better times or another "new normal."
It’s easy enough to determine the potential exposure in a healthcare or laboratory setting. While it’s unlikely that exposure to blood occurs regularly in a non-healthcare setting, there is still a potential for occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
I’m sure you’ve experienced at some point, a fall in gym class resulting in a cut and a swift visit to the school nurse. Schools see numerous types of accidents on a daily basis. Some accidents are minor, whereas some require immediate medical attention. Having qualified first aid staff, and teaching students the importance of first aid from a young age could help lower the severity of these accidents.
We all know the feeling, a slight itch in the back of the throat that will inevitably develop into an annoying bug. Many people will push through common illnesses like sinus infections or mild strains of the flu, and they will also encourage their children to do the same. However, sometimes sending them to school isn’t beneficial to them or their classmates. Sometimes even the slightest symptoms can warrant a doctor’s visit to get your child back on track.
Proper cleaning is often the first line of defense against the spread of infectious diseases; a place where this is most notable is in public restrooms. Many factors go into why a public bathroom is a high-risk environment; the bluntest reason comes from Dr. Michael Berry who referred to it as a "Biohazardous waste transfer station" (Berry). This is due to it being the place where biohazardous waste is transferred from one system to another, and it doesn't always go smoothly due to drips, spills, accidents, overflows, plumbing failures, etc.
WSJK-FM radio had a segment on the misconceptions of cleaning and how people are missing some of the most important spots where bacteria can spread. Their host brought on the ISSA Executive Director of ARCSI or the Association of Residential Cleaning Services, Ernie Hartong. His company consists of cleaning industry specialists who want to develop the world’s most successful residential cleaning companies.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 48 million Americans are sickened by food-borne pathogens every year, with 128,000 ending up hospitalized and 3,000 eventually dying from their food-borne infection. It’s a tragic situation made even more so by the fact that many food-borne illnesses, unlike most other killer diseases, are easily preventable by simple measures such as hand washing. No wonder many restaurants in many states now require food safety training not just for food managers but everyone who encounters food.
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.
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.
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.