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Triumph Over Tautological Transmission

February 1, 2011

What better way is there to kick off 2011 than with our Spotlight on Infection Control?

This is the season when viral and bacterial threats run rampant in numerous commercial facilities.

Just because there is a chill to the air and frozen precipitation blanketing the outdoor greenery does not mean we can all hibernate and forget about disease-causing microorganisms until the spring thaw.

As stewards of health and well-being, it is the obligation of custodial and maintenance professionals to adhere to procedural best practices and ensure all surfaces are cleaned and disinfected regularly.

Moreover, and as is recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is the responsibility of everyone to help curb the spread of unwanted germs by covering our mouths and noses when we cough and sneeze and by frequently washing our hands with soap and warm water.

When it comes to infection control, don''t forget the basics:

  • Your hands are almost always contaminated
  • Contact points for infection are everywhere
  • Wash and/or sanitize your hands whenever they are soiled
  • Be aware of and take preventive measures to stop cross-contamination
  • Continue your education regarding infection control issues.

You Can Ill-afford To Miss This

At 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Thursday, March 3, 2011, we will be holding a no-cost webinar on infection control.

This hour-long event, which will feature Darrel Hicks, author of Infection Control for Dummies, will be the first installment of our 2011 Critical Issues Online Seminar Series.

Included in the discussion will be ideas for maintaining high levels of hygienic cleanliness amid budget cuts, the emergence of quality measurement tools, best practices for cleaning and disinfecting in various types of facilities and the importance of communication and education in overcoming existing and emerging threats.

If you have any qualms or concerns regarding your infection control efforts, submit your query to me at abaunee@ntpmedia.com and your inquisition will be addressed during the question and answer session at the end of the webinar.


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