education teaching handwashing hygiene

Three critical reasons to teach handwashing early

“Go wash your hands!” For many people, that refrain is an all-too-familiar echo of childhood. Research on hand hygiene, however, finds that it is actually not familiar enough, or at least not having the intended effect. While simple handwashing can remove 90% of contaminants that can cause serious illnesses like diarrhea and pneumonia, only 66% […]

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Food safety

Four steps to better food safety (and better food processing profits)

Food recalls are up dramatically, with a four-fold increase in just the last few years. This situation not only threatens public health, it also undermines the financial health of affected corporations. The average food recall in the U.S. costs food processors $10 million in direct costs, while long-term financial impacts can be even greater, due […]

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Do Better Bathrooms Boost Productivity?

Most of the office design trends that get attention are, well … trendy. Open offices. “Desktopian” visions of height-variable workstations, treadmill desks, or no desks at all. Dedicated collaboration spaces and structures. And supposedly more natural approaches like “biophilic” design. Many, if not most, of these office trends of late tilt toward attracting and retaining […]

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Washing hands

Podcast: World Hand Hygiene Day

SCA is proud to share new research looking at the prevalence of bacteria found within patient surroundings. This recent study sponsored by Vinnova, the Swedish government looked at ways to decrease health care-associated infections. In this podcast we spoke with Brigitta Bergstrom, a microbiologist involved in the Vinnova project, and Carolyn Berland, a senior scientist […]

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Navigating the traps of Health-Associated Infections (HAIs) as a healthcare worker

75,000 people die each year as a result of health-associated infections (HAIs)1. That’s double number of people that die in car crashes every year2. According to a California Department of Public Health study, 722,000 HAIs occur yearly during a hospital stay1. Across the country, that costs hospitals more than $30 billion each year—a staggering number […]

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Strategic dispenser placement important for hand hygiene in hospitals

Healthcare professionals take pride in taking the best possible care of their patients. An important duty is to practice good hand hygiene in order to minimize cross-contamination and the spread of healthcare-associated infections. The World Hand Hygiene day, 5th of May* is aimed at supporting healthcare professionals in achieving and maintaining high hand hygiene compliance. […]

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