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


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


  • 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

C. difficile Infection – Jvion, Leader In Clinical Predictive Algorithms, Predict and Prevent Patients at Risk

Jvion is a healthcare technology company that develops software designed to predict and prevent patient-level disease and financial losses leading to increased waste.

Jvion, the Atlanta-based leader in clinical predictive algorithms, announced the release of a Clostridium Difficile (C Diff) predictive use case for inpatient and outpatient providers. The C Diff use case is the latest in a broad compliment of predictive capabilities that span hospital acquired infections, chronic conditions, and individual illnesses. Using the firm’s RevEgis patient phenotype platform, the C Diff solution flags at risk individuals to help support clinician decision-making and reduce the likelihood of the deadly infection. These predictions can be produced in both inpatient and outpatient settings and can be integrated directly into existing electronic health record management systems.

“C.diff is a serious and deadly problem,” said Todd Schlesinger, VP for Jvion. “With this use case, we’ve extended the award-winning predictive capabilities already delivered through RevEgis to address a very pressing and lethal challenge facing all healthcare settings.”

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that C Diff infected nearly half a million Americans. Of those infected, 15,000 died as a result of the bacteria. Anyone taking an antibiotic is at risk of developing a C Diff infection, but older adults over 65 are particularly susceptible. According to the study, people taking antibiotics are 7 to 10 times more likely to get C Diff while on their prescription and in the subsequent 30 days after treatment. The bacteria are spread through unclean surfaces and dirty hands. A recent Ohio-based study found that six out of every seven outpatient settings test positive for C Diff.

Jvion, the leader in clinical predictive algorithms, announced the development of a Clostridium Difficile (C Diff) use case to help clinicians reduce the risk of deadly infections inside and outside the hospital.

Todd went on the say that, “our goal is to help clinicians reduce the occurrence of C Diff infections while also lowering mortality rates attributed to the bacteria. We designed our solution so that it fits seamlessly into the clinical workflow and provides the additional insights that help support physicians and reduce the risk of C Diff incidences.”

RevEgis has won numerous awards including: designation as Gartner Cool Vendor for Healthcare Providers; the 2014 Intel Innovation Award; top honors from Fierce Health IT in the “Data Analytics” category, and as an overall award of “Best in Show: Fiercest Cost-Saving Solution.” These awards recognize RevEgis’s impact on the reduction of various diseases and health concerns. To learn more about Jvion, their full suite of Big Data predictive analytic solutions, and how they can help clinicians reduce C Diff infections please visit http://www.jvion.com

About Jvion
Jvion is a healthcare technology company that develops software designed to predict and prevent patient-level disease and financial losses leading to increased waste. The company offers a suite of big-data enabled solutions that combine clinical intelligence with deep machine learning to help providers protect their revenues while improving patient health outcomes. Their objective is simple—stop the waste of resources and lives by predicting and stopping losses before they ever happen.


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