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Why Is Cleaning "Mobile Surfaces" Like Healthcare Attire So Important for Infection Prevention?

There has been great focus on the role that environmental surfaces play in the overall safety of healthcare relating to the spread of microorganisms that can cause infection and illness in healthcare workers and patients alike.

Nearly all of the focus on these environmental surfaces in healthcare, though, has been on cleaning high-touch surfaces in patient rooms like light switches, bed rails, sinks, counter tops, over-the-bed tables, monitors, etc.

There is much less attention though on "mobile surfaces" such as medical uniforms, scrubs, white coats, and footwear.

These surfaces are soft and porous, and move around from room to room and patient to patient; and then potentially out into a provider's home or community. These surfaces can serve as a feeding ground for hungry microbes looking for nutrition and are often overlooked in a facility's infection prevention practices.

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Prevent Infections in Your Exam Room

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a growing problem for the healthcare industry and a major cause of deaths in the U.S. Protect your patients and staff against infections in your exam rooms with infection prevention products and  practices that cover these seven major infection prevention zones.

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Follow these important infection prevention practices in your exam room: 

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Low level barrier protection, such as table paper, should be replaced in between patients.  

2

Cleaning and disinfecting non-critical surfaces in patient care areas is part of the Standard Precautions. Medical equipment, instruments and devices must be cleaned and maintained according to manufacturers instructions to prevent patient-to-patient transmission of infectious agents.

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Handwashing with soap and water remains a sensible strategy for hand hygiene in both healthcare and non-healthcare settings and is recommended by the CDC and other experts.

4

The CDC recommends the use of alcohol-based hand rubs by healthcare personnel because they address some of the obstacles that healthcare professionals face during patient care.

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Unsafe injection practices place patients and healthcare providers at risk to transmit bloodborne pathogens, including hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

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Gloves reduce hand contamination 70-80 percent, helping prevent cross-contamination and protecting patients and healthcare personnel from infection. Gloves should be changed before and after each patient.

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Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when the nature of the anticipated patient interaction indicates that contact with blood or body fluids may occur.
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A Closer Look at Flu Vaccine: What's Trending, What's Coming

Healthcare providers play a critical role in preparing for each new flu season. Because of the variation from year-to-year, it is important to understand the flu vaccine supply and current influenza guidelines as you prepare for the upcoming season. 
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Gloves: Types, Usage, Chemical Resistance Ratings & Recommendations

When choosing an exam glove, there are many factors to consider, including:  

  • Your practice type
  • The types of procedures performed
  • Glove types available and their basic features 

The type of glove to be used greatly depends on your practice type and the various procedures performed. Whether you're performing frequent blood draws, seasonal flu tests, or yearly physical exams, the right glove can help protect patients and staff by reducing the risk of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). 

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Why is Cleaning "Mobile Surfaces" like Healthcare Attire So Important for Infection Prevention?

"Mobile surfaces" such as medical uniforms, scrubs, white coats and footwear can serve as a feeding ground for hungry microbes looking for nutrition and are often overlooked in a facility's infection prevention practices. The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) provides recommendations to prevent transmission of potential infections through healthcare personnel (HCP) clothing in non-operating room settings.    

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What Vaccines are Recommended for Adults?

By Summerpal Kahlon, MD

According to CDC statistics, influenza caused 17,911 hospitalizations in the U.S. during the October to April 2014 flu season. The CDC also notes that roughly 1 in 3 Americans will develop shingles during their lifetimes, with much of the incidence in the elderly; the organization estimates that 96 people a year die from shingles-related illness. The American Lung Association suggests that 175,000 cases of pneumococcal pneumonia are diagnosed annually, with a fatality rate of 5%-7% (higher in the elderly). 

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