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Infection Control

What custodial workers should know about hand hygiene

All cleaning workers have one thing in common: They run the risk of being exposed to biological hazards that can include disease-causing pathogens. These hazards obviously have the potential to
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Cleanliness In U.S. Hospitals

Editor’s note: The following letter to the editor is in response to a previous letter published in the November issue of CM/Cleaning & Maintenance Management®. In the letter, the
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Balancing green with clean

“The mathematics of uncontrolled growth are frightening. A single cell of the bacterium E. coli would, under ideal circumstances, divide every 20 minutes. That is not particularly disturbing until you
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CA-MRSA: Is your team protected?

Our nation, our athletes, and our bodies are under siege by an onslaught of antibiotic-resistant pathogens, in spite of impressive advances in the creation of new drugs. Causes include: Improper
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Are playgrounds making children sick?

When thinking of unsanitary places, public restrooms, port-o-potties, and high traffic public areas come to mind. However, according to a hygiene surface test conducted by the International Journal of Environmental
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Contaminants in unusual places

Americans traveling to Europe may note an unusual charge on some restaurant bills. Added to the total tab may be a “cover charge,” which covers not the entry to the
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An integrated approach to infection prevention

Most experts agree that a multifaceted approach is the best way to help stem the tide of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). With the huge public health threat and cost drain that
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Myths and facts about infection prevention

An article published in 1998 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that in 1995, 88,000 deaths — one death every six minutes — could be attributed
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Janitor versus 'superbug'

In facilities around the world, battles are waged every day with uncertain consequences. The outcomes are life or death, health or illness, and normalcy or mourning for families of
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Maintaining nursing homes

In recent years, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities — both of which provide long-term care, usually for older individuals requiring different levels of services — have hired building service contractors
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