Hand Washing

Wheezes and crackles and rhonchi, oh my!

Wheezes and crackles and rhonchi, oh my!

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Come on, people. We work in healthcare with the oath to protect the people we CARE for. So stop that whining and do what's right.

The Aedes mosquito and human hands — are they related?

The Aedes mosquito and human hands — are they related?

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Imagine you are on a train and the conversation around you is about the seven deadly summer diseases. You eavesdrop because you're a bit scared you might be exposed to one of them.

Big Brother is watching (you wash your hands ... or not)

Big Brother is watching (you wash your hands ... or not)

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I'm one of those people who sings, and occasionally dances, while they drive. Nothing too out of control, of course, but just passionately enough where you might be concerned that I was having a medical issue if you passed me on the freeway.

Tips on handling the flu with seniors

Tips on handling the flu with seniors

Using these methods, the flu can usually be contained and treated for the benefit of both the seniors and their caregivers.

Zinc, hand washing lead to cold prevention

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As long-term caregivers wind down winter and its accompanying illnesses, a new review indicates that hand washing and zinc might help prevent the common cold.

Hand washing might be moot

Hand washing might be moot

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Caregivers who wear gloves can likely save time and skip hand washing before putting them on without worrying about increasing nosocomial infection rates.

FDA takes closer look at antibacterial products

It may be time to put away the antibacterial hand soap and body wash at home and the office. The Food and Drug Administration said Monday manufacturers of antibacterial products will have to prove the items are more effective than plain soap and water

Hand washing takes a break

Hand washing takes a break

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A third of Medicare/Medicaid-certified long-term care providers surveyed by The Joint Commission during the first half of this year didn't meet basic hand hygiene requirements, according to recent data.

  Hand wringing about hand washing

Hand wringing about hand washing

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Now that we know many nursing homes don't meet hand-washing guidelines, let the hand-wringing begin. Hopefully with a generous squirt of anti-microbial sanitizer in the palm first.

Many nursing homes fail to meet hand-washing guidelines, Joint Commission finds

Many nursing homes fail to meet hand-washing guidelines, Joint Commission finds

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A third of Medicare/Medicaid-certified long-term care providers surveyed by The Joint Commission during the first half of this year struggled to meet basic hand hygiene requirements, according to data recently released by the accrediting organization.

Breaches of basic infection control practices — why?

Breaches of basic infection control practices — why?

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Basic infection prevention and control isn't rocket science. It is essentially following some general guidelines. Some of them pretty simplistic. Not too hard right? You would think, but ...

Study to examine effects of hand sanitizer use on long-term care infection rates

The National Association Directors of Nursing Administration/Long Term Care (NADONA) is teaming up with a skin care company to explore the impact of hand sanitizers on infection rates in long-term care environments.