Hand Hygiene

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Is It OK to Question Your Doctor About Hand Washing?

If you ever suspect that your doctor, nurse or other health-care provider forgot to use the hand sanitizer, by all means raise the question. But, in reality, most patients in your situation are reluctant to do so. Surveys going back almost a decade found that Ontario patients didn't want to be placed in the role of a police officer to ensure that doctors and nurses wash their hands.
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Lather Up for Global Handwashing Day

October also brings in a day that commemorates what should be a part of our daily activities but for many is either forgotten or simply ignored: handwashing. It's not a surprise as handwashing is not considered -- other than perhaps in the public health field -- to be an incredibly important part of living.
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How Pneumonia Happens: A Strange Case of Friend to Foe

Anyone who has suffered from pneumonia -- or witnessed a loved one battle with the illness -- knows how scary the episode can be. The lungs fill with fluid, breathing becomes difficult and at times impossible, requiring hospitalization, and without proper treatment, the consequences can be dire. Like many illnesses, this too can be traced back to a germ.
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The Group Most in Need of Hand Hygiene

On May 5th, the WHO will be celebrating its annual SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands day to mark its campaign to help save lives from infections in healthcare. While the association between infections and having clean hands had been known there was little indication that it could have been this bad.
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Back to School? Back to Germs

From the moment they enter daycare to the celebrations of high school graduation, kids inevitably come into contact with these unseen entities and many will get sick. But while there may be endless concerns for health, there is a positive in that these moments of unhappiness will end up benefiting their lives as much as if not more than the pains of homework.
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London Gets the Gold Medal in Hygiene

Far away from the headlines of this headline-grabbing Olympics is an important lesson that can bring solace to almost every germaphobe. Unlike any other Olympics before, these Games have shown that preventing infection is not only possible, but also relatively easily accomplished.
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How Washing Hands Can Save Lives

According to a recent study, hand hygiene checklists may offer the solution to a problem that annually costs thousands of mothers their lives. The checklist section concerning hand hygiene stated the following: "Supplies available to clean hands and wear gloves for each vaginal exam," and differed from a previous, unsuccessful campaigns by one word: "each."