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Ebola virus epidemic opened June 19 at the CDC museum

Theme of Ebola: People + Public Health + Political Will Exhibit Time: June 19, 2017 – May 25, 2018 Location: David J. Sencer Museum in Atlanta Brief introduction of Ebola: An investigation of the historic 2014-16 Ebola Fever Virus epidemic in West Africa, the United States, and around the world. As the crisis unfolded in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in 2014, it evolved into both a health and humanitarian crisis. When it became clear that Ebola could potentially spread exponentially, threatening global health security, there was a coordinated, massive response ...
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Explaining The Differences Between Clean, Sanitize, Disinfect And Sterilize

In a prior article we started the discussion on what is "cleaning?" Please note that the following comments are a very basic approach to the subject and many may disagree with my terms and definitions. This conversation is welcome and encouraged. "Cleaning" in its most basic terms is to remove all visible soils. "Sanitize" has to do with using a "sanitizer" or "disinfectant" to kill up to a certain percentage of microorganisms with the goal of 99.999 percent kill rate on a surface that has usually been "cleaned" prior to applying the product. "Disinfect" has to do with using an ...
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The Importance of Hand Hygiene to Food Safety

Hand hygiene resources, including staff education and sanitation, are key to food processing enviroment safety. Food processing plants must furnish personnel with effective hand cleaning resources, placed in close proximity to food handling areas. These resources include hot running water, and hand disinfectants. Doctorclean has launched hand hygiene nad sanitizing products for food processing staff. The products eliminate a range of pathogens and cut the risk of cross-contamination in production faciliyties. Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that 20% of respiratory infections (e.g., the common cold) can be prevented through handwashing. Precluding these everyday illnesses through ...
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Does Hot Water Kills More Bacteria Than Cold Water?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) state that warm water is more effective for removing germs during handwashing than cold water is, and they require the water temperature in restaurants, cafeterias, and other food service establishments to be 40°C, plus or minus 2 degrees (or between 100 and 108 degrees Fahrenheit). The rationale for this is that hot water makes soap lather and helps to get rid of the germs. But is there any scientific evidence in support of this claim? The new study was carried out by researchers at the Rutgers University-New Brunswick in New Jersey, and the ...
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Trends in Hand Hygiene Market

1) The move to foam hand cleansers and other foaming hygiene and skin care products in the institutional market place. This movement has been driven primarily by two factors. One is the concept of cost-per-use savings, since foam hand cleanser dispensers typically dispense 50% less product per push than a traditional liquid soap dispenser. Another driving factor is the cosmetic appeal of these products – their feel, foam and fragrance. 2) Continuing emphasis or focus on green-certified products. This trend is especially relevant in the institutional marketplace where many school bids as well as other government bids now mandate Green ...
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4 Myths Concerns to Hand hygiene

Myth 1: Wash with hot water is better than cold water. Most of us think hot water helps kill germs and bacteria on our hands. But the reality is, the water would have to be scalding hot to make that happen. In fact, hot water may work against us. Water that is too hot may cause us to remove our hands too quickly to wash properly. Further, researchers in Florida found that there is statistically little difference whether hands are washed in hot or cold water. Myth 2: Always use antibacterial soap when washing hands. Back in 2007, a study ...
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Effective ways to improve hand hygiene compliance

Effective hand hygiene is the single most important procedure in preventing hospital-acquired infections. Traditional information/education-based interventions have shown only modest benefits on compliance. Some traditional methods shown to help encourage compliance with infection prevention measures among staff include motivational programs, administrative measures and training initiatives. For a motivational measure, presenting staff with real-life, personal stories regarding the human cost of HAIs can make an emotional appeal to providers to improve compliance. Administrators can also play a key role in improving compliance by being vocal advocates themselves. If employees understand directives are coming from the top down, they may feel more ...
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Proper Hand Hygiene Matters

Each April, World Health Day celebrates the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) and renews the call to action to raise public health standards around the world. Within North America, preventing the spread of germs that cause illnesses such as influenza and the common cold, or bacteria that cause healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs), is a critical challenge every year. Poor health costs the U.S. economy $576 billion annually, with 39 percent, or $227 billion, from “lost productivity” from employee absenteeism due to illness or what researchers called “presenteeism,” when employees report to work but illness keeps them from performing at ...
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2018 Earth Day

This coming Sunday, April 22nd, marks the 48th anniversary of Earth Day, the world's largest environmental movement. All members at Doctorclean®, honor this day, and every day, by celebrating our commitment to understanding the needs of sustainable development. As you can see, we're focus on developing the sustainable dispenser system, all of the material adopted is recyclable, including the dispenser, accessories & packing material. The year 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We must seize this moment to inspire global actions that safeguard the earth against the unprecedented challenges of the 21st century. In the three years leading ...
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How to resist seasonal flu

Winter itself is a difficult test for our health: a short light day, cold, sudden temperature changes and dampness - all this does not contribute to well-being. It is not surprising that the flu epidemics occur precisely for this season. Opinions about the epidemic situation is vary. Someone believes that we do not have the flu at this period, someone is sure that the data about the true state of affairs in our country are hushed up, and promises an epidemic in the near future. Whatever it was, avoid the flu will not work - in Europe, the Aussie is ...
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