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Hand Washing aka Hand Hygiene While On a Journey

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“Spring Break” is upon us and it’s the perfect time for a road-trip!

 

Traveling is one of the most important times to pay close attention to “infection prevention.”

Being prepared can help.

During a recent journey along the east coast, in the USA, a few of the Foundation members had the opportunity to visit an array of public restrooms along the way.

As we are aware, public restrooms can be a challenge and a real eye-opening experience. Many of the facilities fell short in monitoring their supplies along with the monitoring of over-all cleanliness of their restroom.

During the road trip, along various interstates, back roads, and local towns, we began to assess the establishment’s public facilities based on the following criteria:

* Cleanliness.

* Supplies offered.

* Electronic hand drying devices vs traditional supplies.

* Cleaning/Room monitoring log.

As the journey continued the restroom grading system became the topic of conversation discussing the vast ways establishments can maintain a safe, clean, and friendly environment for their visitors.  There were also discussions on how a traveler can be prepared by carrying supplies to ensure their own safety when utilizing public facilities.

The following is a list of a few supplies easily kept in a small bag during travel times:

* A small container of liquid soap (preferably one without the anti-bacterial ingredients).

* A few paper towels dampened with bleach or pack a EPA Registered cleaning product to clean the commode and high-touch areas.  It is good safety practice to store the paper towels in a sealed plastic container.  Other cleaning (Germicidal/Disinfectant) product wipes should remain in their original container or sealed separately in a plastic container.   Never mix two cleaning wipes/products together or store in the same container.

* Sheets of T.P. or a small roll.

* Sheets of dry paper towels to turn off water faucets and dry hands.

*  Attempt to open the restroom door with an elbow or use a dry paper towel to pull the door handle open in order to keep hands clean and not re-introduce germs onto the hands.

Was there a favorite rest stop/establishment along the way?  Yes.

McDonalds restrooms were found to be acceptable and met the needs of the travelers. Their establishments focus on cleanliness, offered an adequate supply of soap with automated towel dispenser or hand dryers, and facility monitoring logs in place. Their organization also displayed signs over the sinks promoting hand hygiene, a public safety announcement for both staff, and visitors.

The public restrooms at rest-stops along I-95 were impressive with their focus on cleanliness, adequately filled soap containers, and hand dryers available in each restroom with the elimination of a main door to enter/exit the facility.  Once the hands are washed/dried the reintroduction to harmful germs upon exiting the public area from a door handle is eliminated.

There were a number of unacceptable facilities located in local discount stores, some food stores, food chain eateries, and quick-mart stations.  Their sinks were not automated with motion sensors and many with two handles, empty paper towel dispensers and automatic hand drying equipment unavailable. Many restrooms were without cleaning monitoring logs promoting safety and cleanliness to the staff (food handlers), and visitors alike.

We appreciate the availability and use of public restrooms during  long commutes, when on vacations, and time away from home.  Most establishments offer adequate supplies to eliminate, and  prevent the spread of harmful germs, however;  it is always best to be prepared.  The next time a journey is planned, do not forget to pack the supplies needed for a public restroom visit that will keep you and your family safe.

The journey and hand-washing experiences become part of the adventure.  Take the opportunity to report negative experiences to the management and help change a negative into a positive for the next person visiting.

Remember to take that twenty second hand-washing break before exiting a restroom, before/after eating, before/after entering a patient’s room, after changing diapers, before/after handling food, and during the day.   Let’s stop giving germs a free ride.

Here’s to everyone’s good health!

Below you will find links available for Public Restroom locators offered by Charmin, one app for an iPhone, and an app for an Android Phone. 

http://www.charmin.com/find-public-restrooms.aspx?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Charmin_Search_Desktop_Lifestyle_SoS+App&utm_term=restroom%20app&utm_content=SvExifYv_restroom%20app_p_2095916800&sctp=ppc&scvn=bing&scsrc=bing_search&sckw=na

* App For iPhone

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/restroom-bathroom-toilet-finder/id311896604?mt=8

* App For Android

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bto.toilet

WHO Healthcare-Associated Infection Pledge 2015

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C Diff Foundation Pledges Continued Support to Reduce Healthcare-Associated Infections
The C Diff Foundation continues to recognize the serious disease burden and significant economic impact that healthcare-associated infections places on patients and the health care systems throughout the world.

 

Considering that the majority of these infections are treatable and preventable, appreciating the momentum that the Global Patient Safety Challenge program of the WHO World Alliance for Patient Safety is bringing to reduce healthcare-associated infection at the global level.
Emphasizing that a unique opportunity exists to reverse the incidence of healthcare-associated infections, members of the C Diff Foundation shares and pledges……..
To work together to witness a reduction in healthcare–associated infections through the following actions:
• Acknowledging the importance of healthcare-associated infections;
• Developing or expanding ongoing campaigns at national or sub-national levels to promote and improve hand-washing (aka hand hygiene) methods among health care providers;
• Making reliable and validated information available on healthcare-associated infections at community and district levels to foster appropriate actions;
• Sharing experiences and, where appropriate, available surveillance data, with the WHO World Alliance for Patient Safety;
• Consider the use of WHO strategies and guidelines to tackle healthcare-associated infection, in particular in the areas of hand-washing (aka hand hygiene), raise awareness of antibiotic stewardship, and environmental procedure safety.

We will work with health professionals and associations worldwide:
-To promote the highest standards of practice and behavior to reduce the risks of healthcare-associated infection;
-To foster and sustain collaboration with research institutions, training schools, educational centers, universities, healthcare settings, and agencies of other WHO Member States to ensure full utilization of knowledge and experience in the field of healthcare-associated infection.
-To encourage senior management support and role-modeling from key staff to promote the implementation of interventions to reduce healthcare-associated infections.
C Diff Foundation
May 5, 2015

 

For more information about Clean Care is Safer Care, please contact the team at savelives@who.int

 

Hand-washing (aka hand-hygiene) Helps Stop The Spread Of Germs

HAVE YOU TAKEN A 20 – 30 SECOND HAND-WASHING BREAK?

Correct hand-washing technique keeps you and others safe:

 

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them

WHEN TO WASH YOUR HANDS:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after patient care in any setting
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet and before exiting the restroom
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage
  • After visiting an outpatient setting (Physicians office/Dentist office/Clinic)
  • After shopping
  • Before and after handling food
  • After traveling on public transportation
  • Any any time hands are soiled

 

What is the difference?
Hand hygiene . A general term that applies to either
handwashing, antiseptic handwash, antiseptic hand rub, or
surgical hand antisepsis.
Handwashing . Washing hands with plain (i.e., non-antimi-
crobial) soap and water.
Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Health-Care Settings
Recommendations of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices
Advisory Committee and the HICPAC/SHEA/APIC/IDSA
Hand Hygiene Task Force
Vol. 51 / RR-16
Activity of Antiseptic Agents Against
Spore-Forming Bacteria
The widespread prevalence of health-care–associated diarrhea                                                            caused by Clostridium difficile and the recent occurrence
in the United States of human Bacillus anthracis infections                                                                    associated with contaminated items sent through the postal
system has raised concern regarding the activity of antiseptic
agents against spore-forming bacteria. None of the agents
(including alcohols, chlorhexidine, hexachlorophene,
iodophors, PCMX, and triclosan) used in antiseptic handwash
or antiseptic hand-rub preparations are reliably sporicidal
against Clostridium spp. or Bacillus spp. (120,172,224,225).
Washing hands with non-antimicrobial or antimicrobial soap
and water may help to physically remove spores from the sur-
face of contaminated hands. HCWs should be encouraged
to wear gloves when caring for patients with
C. difficile – associated diarrhea (226). After gloves are removed, hands
should be washed with a non-antimicrobial or an antimicro-
bial soap and water or disinfected with an alcohol-based hand
rub. During outbreaks of C. difficile-related infections, washing                                                              hands with a non-antimicrobial or antimicrobial soap and
water after removing gloves is prudent. HCWs with suspected
or documented exposure to B. anthracis-contaminated items also should be encouraged to wash their hands with a non-antimicrobial or antimicrobial soap and water
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C. diff. and Healthcare-Associated Infections Discussed Live on C. diff. Radio

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#CdiffRadio

C Diff Foundation, Sponsor, with Founder            Nancy C. Caralla, Executive Director and               Dr. Chandrabali Ghose, Chairperson of the Research and Development Community will be broadcasting live on Tuesdays delivering the most up-to-date information pertaining to a leading super-bug/ Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI),  C. difficile, with additional HAI’s, and a variety of related healthcare topics.

Topic experts will be joining your hosts to discuss prevention, treatments, clinical trials, and environmental safety products on a global level.

Tune in Tuesdays beginning March 3rd at 11 AM Pacific Time (2 PM Eastern Time, 7 PM UK) on the VoiceAmerica network  http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2441/c-diff-spores-and-more

 

Hand Washing aka Hand Hygiene While On a Journey

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During a recent journey along the east coast, in the USA, a few of the Foundation members had the opportunity to visit an array of public restrooms along the way.

As we are aware, public restrooms can be a challenge and a real eye-opening experience. Many of the facilities fell short in monitoring their supplies along with the monitoring of over-all cleanliness of their restroom.

During the road trip, along various interstates, back roads, and local towns, we began to assess the establishment’s public facilities based on the following criteria:

* Cleanliness.

* Supplies offered.

* Electronic hand drying devices vs traditional supplies.

* Cleaning/Room monitoring log.

As the journey continued the restroom grading system became the topic of conversation discussing the vast ways establishments can maintain a safe, clean, and friendly environment for their visitors.  There were also discussions on how a traveler can be prepared by carrying supplies to ensure their own safety when utilizing public facilities.

The following is a list of a few supplies easily kept in a small bag during travel times:

* A small container of liquid soap (preferably one without the anti-bacterial ingredients).

* A few paper towels dampened with bleach or pack a EPA Registered cleaning product to clean the commode and high-touch areas.  It is good safety practice to store the paper towels in a sealed plastic container.  Other cleaning (Germicidal/Disinfectant) product wipes should remain in their original container or sealed separately in a plastic container.   Never mix two cleaning wipes/products together or store in the same container.

* Sheets of T.P. or a small roll.

* Sheets of dry paper towels to turn off water faucets and dry hands.

*  Attempt to open the restroom door with an elbow or use a dry paper towel to pull the door handle open in order to keep hands clean and not re-introduce germs onto the hands.

Was there a favorite rest stop/establishment along the way?  Yes.

McDonalds restrooms were found to be acceptable and met the needs of the travelers. Their establishments focus on cleanliness, offered an adequate supply of soap with automated towel dispenser or hand dryers, and facility monitoring logs in place. Their organization also displayed signs over the sinks promoting hand hygiene, a public safety announcement for both staff, and visitors.

The public restrooms at rest-stops along I-95 were impressive with their focus on cleanliness, adequately filled soap containers, and hand dryers available in each restroom with the elimination of a main door to enter/exit the facility.  Once the hands are washed/dried the reintroduction to harmful germs upon exiting the public area from a door handle is eliminated.

There were a number of unacceptable facilities located in local discount stores, some food stores, food chain eateries, and quick-mart stations.  Their sinks were not automated with motion sensors and many with two handles, empty paper towel dispensers and automatic hand drying equipment unavailable. Many restrooms were without cleaning monitoring logs promoting safety and cleanliness to the staff (food handlers), and visitors alike.

We appreciate the availability and use of public restrooms during  long commutes, when on vacations, and time away from home.  Most establishments offer adequate supplies to eliminate, and  prevent the spread of harmful germs, however;  it is always best to be prepared.  The next time a journey is planned, do not forget to pack the supplies needed for a public restroom visit that will keep you and your family safe.

The journey and hand-washing experiences become part of the adventure.  Take the opportunity to report negative experiences to the management and help change a negative into a positive for the next person visiting.

Remember to take that twenty second hand-washing break before exiting a restroom, before/after eating, before/after entering a patient’s room, after changing diapers, before/after handling food, and during the day.   Let’s stop giving germs a free ride.

Here’s to everyone’s good health!

Below you will find links available for Public Restroom locators offered by Charmin, one app for an iPhone, and an app for an Android Phone. 

http://www.charmin.com/find-public-restrooms.aspx?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Charmin_Search_Desktop_Lifestyle_SoS+App&utm_term=restroom%20app&utm_content=SvExifYv_restroom%20app_p_2095916800&sctp=ppc&scvn=bing&scsrc=bing_search&sckw=na

* App For iPhone

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/restroom-bathroom-toilet-finder/id311896604?mt=8

* App For Android

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bto.toilet

Hand Hygiene & Safety Tips When Traveling

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The holiday season brings a wealth of travelers to the roadways, railways and the sky. 

When traveling by Car –  and planning on traveling a long distance remember the following:

Make sure the vehicle is in good mechanical shape for the trip. Try to have a mechanic check belts, hoses, and look for any worn parts before heading out on the roadway.  Registering with a Auto Club can add money saving benefits, too.
Begin the trip with a full tank of gas, check the tire pressure and fill up on wiper fluid before you set out.
Wear seat belts.
Never drink and drive. ALWAYS have a designated driver.
Be well-rested and alert for the trip.  
Follow all road signs and use caution in work zones.
Avoid distractions like eating, loud music and cell phones – utilize rest-stops along the way.
Observe all speed limits.

Make frequent stops and rotate drivers during long trips. When feeling tired, stop and get some rest.

Be respectful of other motorists.
Don’t follow too closely behind other vehicles.
Make sure the vehicle’s headlights, taillights, signal lights and windows are clean before you set out.
Turn on your headlights as dusk approaches.
If you have car trouble, pull off to the side of the road, engage hazard lights, and call for help.
Keep an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle at all times. This should include water, snacks, a flashlight, a first aid kit, extra cash, jumper cables, small tools, flares, blankets and anything else that would be essential for you if you became temporarily stranded.

When Traveling by Train, Bus or Plane:

When traveling with a large number of people by mass transit additional safety precautions must be taken. Remember to protect yourself against the seasonal FLU. Being vaccinated against the FLU is an option. Speak to your healthcare provider about receiving a FLU vaccination.  if you have been in close contact with someone who has a cold or FLU – it may be in your best interest to consider postponing the trip.

Everything someone touches has been touched by someone else. Handle your own belongings as much as possible, rather than having others handle your things. WASH HANDS OFTEN with soap and water x twenty seconds before/after eating, before exiting the restrooms, before/after diaper changes, after visiting gift shops and/or shopping and whenever possible.
Carry anti-bacterial/germicidal wipes and use them to wipe hands and rub down surfaces like armrests and tabletops. 
If possible – try to bring your own pillows and blankets.
If you have to cough or sneeze please use a tissue, turn away from others, use the inner part of your arm to prevent spreading germs
Always try to avoid touching your face and eyes

Have a safe and pleasant journey and STAY SAFE

Texas A&M Biologist Fights Deadly Gut Bacteria, C. diff

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There is so much to learn and “digest” in the world of bacteria, one particular, Clostridium difficile (aka:  C. diff).  In today’s news a Texas A&M Biologist, Joseph Sorg, an assistant professor in the Department of Biology since 2010, is among a wave of younger researchers studying   C. difficile (aka C. diff).

An excerpt from the article referenced:

“What we’re interested in doing is trying to develop an inhibitor as a potential drug,” Sorg said. “If you inhibit the process of germination, you would completely inhibit the disease.”

Sorg and his research group will be working on the recent two-year, $275,000 National Institutes of Health grant with Sonenshein and Yoav Golan, a clinician at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. The goal of the trio’s research is to understand the bile acid composition of various human populations — healthy people, those who have C. difficile, and those who have recurring C. difficile infection — in order to develop drugs with the potential to inhibit C. difficile infection. The human fecal samples will be collected at Tufts Medical Center and shipped to Texas A&M, where Sorg will use his $80,000 portion of the grant funding to analyze the bile acid composition of the blind samples.

“The microbial flora in a healthy person metabolizes bile acids into secondary bile acids, and these secondary bile acids are actually toxic to C. diff growth,” Sorg said. “One of the ways we think that microbial flora inhibits C. diff infection is this metabolism. And when you go on antibiotics, the microbial flora that does this metabolism is obliterated. This NIH grant will allow us to correlate a particular bile acid profile with susceptibility to C. diff infection.”

New medications in Phase III, new studies, additional scientific data being collected are all positive steps forward.

However; constant reminders and maintaining the primary prevention accomplished through hand washing (hand hygiene) guidelines, and protocols, reducing antibiotic use when treating viruses vs bacterial infections, and utilizing  room disinfectants, and EPA Registered c. diff sporicide products will prove positive reductions in new cases of  C. diff. and other major hospital associated infections worldwide.

To read more about Joseph Sorg and his research group please click on the following link:    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-08/tau-tab082913.php

 

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