Infection Control

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Infection Control Must Start at the Fire Station

Ambulances transport the sick and injured every day all over the world. They provide a vital service to their communities, providing life-saving services daily. Getting those who need it initial care, moving the already sick to better situations: ambulances are integral. It’s a necessary service that really can’t be overrated. And when we need an ambulance, we certainly don’t expect it to create even more problems for us. However, when an ambulance is not tended to with as much diligence as its human payload, more problems are what we might just get.


Gyms and Bugs

Gyms need to up their hygiene levels. Poor hygiene lends to secondary infections acquired in the gym. Most of the gyms I attend have the clients do the cleaning or wipe downs of the equipment after use. Most attend have no clue about dwell time or the need to clean their hands. In my gym, there is a hand sanitizer station, but use is optional. So dumb! It is time to uses persistent cleaning technology in gyms.


Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial resistance has been and is one of the biggest health challenges of our time. No corner of the globe is exempt. Germs are clever. As often as we find a way to torpedo one, it just as quickly begins to find ways to defeat the assault. We find antibiotics to fend off infection and illnesses but their staying power over time is less than certain. Which makes it critical that we constantly seek to understand the causes, the best methods to keep antimicrobial/antibiotic resistance at bay. The study must be constant; the reactions strong. The stakes are high.


Food borne disease

Food production facilities have better hygiene protocols than many hospitals.


Toilets, aerosols and fomites

Countless studies link toilets to secondary infections. When a toilet is flushed, the toilet plume aerosol is a very real thing.


Sinks impact secondary infection

Hand hygiene is one of the simplest, most basic practices that prevents the spread of infection. But we can’t forget what is left behind in the sinks in which hand washing is done. Sinks become a reservoir for pathogens, deposited in the pipes and coming from the hands that are washed using them. Biofilms form in the pipes and can be aerosolized from drips and running water, putting the dangerous makeup of those biofilms in a position to be spread.


FLOORS AND MORE...

Too often we’ve found building managers ignore floors when developing comprehensive infection control efforts. Floors are a perfect surface for virus, bacteria and fungi to lurk unnoticed. And, if left to their own devices, they are more than prepared to hitch a ride on shoes, clothing and equipment, spreading throughout a structure.


Is food a drug?

Food can very much act like a drug, having a powerful impact on the reward centers of the brain. As one of the great joys in life, good food can help keep you happy, healthy and fit. Bad food can have serious and far-reaching negative impacts on your overall well-being. Being vigilant about ingredients and working to establish good eating habits can go a long way toward better health.


Legionella and Indoor Air Quality

Legionella was first identified in 1976 when there was an outbreak in Philadelphia.


Air quality impacts human life

Air quality is a recurring theme on this blog, as well it should be. It is so incredibly impactful to all aspects of health. Yet it often takes a backseat to surfaces, for one. But it really needs to come to the fore of the discussion – and stay there.


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