Angola: WHO Alarm – Zika Virus On the Rise in Angola

By | 2017-12-30T17:07:16+00:00 December 30th, 2017|

ANALYSIS The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a health emergency alert about a possible Zika outbreak in Angola, urging the Angola Ministry of Health to immediately begin implementing its planned interventions to minimize the impact. The WHO's alert is particularly alarming because it is issued in response to a growing number of cases of [...]

DETAILED LINENS, UNIFORMS CLEANING PROTOCOL ESSENTIAL TO INFECTION CONTROL

By | 2017-12-18T22:27:24+00:00 December 18th, 2017|

During our last consulting session at a hospital, we asked what measures were being taken in the laundry process to prevent the spread of healthcare-associated infections. The VP for facilities said the CDC didn’t see laundry items as vehicles that contribute to the spread of infection. They were concerned about the contamination of hard surfaces, [...]

EMS SERVICES ARE SIGNIFICANT PART OF INFECTION CONTROL CHAIN

By | 2017-11-06T18:19:36+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

Much discussion and many studies about infection control focus on hospitals and their procedures. But the chain of infection control begins before a patient arrives when it involves first responders. Some studies clearly show that those transported by ambulance can be put at risk before even arriving at a primary care facility. And they are [...]

FOSTERING ENVIRONMENT WHERE EMPLOYEES WORK SICK COSTS MORE THAN IT SAVES

By | 2017-11-03T01:24:25+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

Faced with the choice of working while sick or sitting out and not getting paid, most will work while sick. Pros and Cons of Sick Pay Schemes: Testing for Contagious Presenteeism and Shirking Behavior takes a look at the ramifications. Most organizations’ human resource policy is focused on short term goal. It is clearly that way with [...]

SCHOOLS NEED TO TAKE COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO DISEASE CONTROL

By | 2017-11-06T16:51:45+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

Cleaning crews in schools are just like their counterparts in hospitals on the front lines of the war on disease.  Cleaning Schools for Health, Not for Appearance discusses this in some detail. How schools are cleaned can and will impact the health of all building occupants, including students and faculty. Hygiene is involves much more than seemingly [...]

PSEUDOMONAS AERUGINOSA IS A WATER-LOVING BACTERIA, ORGANISM OF CONCERN

By | 2017-11-06T18:22:23+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

An organism of concern, Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a water-loving bacteria that works and builds biofilms with other threatening bacteria. Understanding that disinfection alone will not rid an engineered water system of bacteria means we need to look toward biofilm-resistant material and disinfection at the source of use as opposed to where the water enters the building. [...]

WATER IS A SOURCE OF SECONDARY INFECTION THAT CANNOT BE OVERLOOKED

By | 2017-11-03T01:20:02+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

Water is a source of secondary infection. Chlorination is commonly used to control levels of bacteria in drinking water; however, viable bacteria may remain due to chlorine resistance, according to a piece at PubMed (Relationship between antibiotic- and disinfectant-resistance profiles in bacteria harvested from tap water.) What is concerning, the piece notes, “is that surviving bacteria, [...]

FORCED MIGRATION CREATES HEALTH PROBLEMS, ENHANCES SPREAD OF DISEASE

By | 2017-12-18T22:25:21+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

Forced migrations designed to contain disease generally don’t work as planned, as several studies and articles listed below show. Refugee camps a “breeding ground” for illnesses: “United Nations aid agencies say hundreds of thousands of refugees are living in unacceptable conditions at camps. These people fled their homes because of violence in the Middle East [...]

STUDIES EXPLORE THE IMPACT OF ENVIRONMENT ON PRODUCTIVITY

By | 2017-11-06T17:38:14+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

The environment can have a profound impact on productivity, and below are links to a series of studies that explore this with a variety of approaches. The office experiment: Can science build the perfect workspace? – Windows, desks and employees are being wired up in a quest to create healthy, evidence-based environments. is a study that [...]

TAKING A LOOK AT LEGIONELLA BACTERIA AND ITS SOURCES, IMPACT

By | 2017-11-03T01:15:12+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

Legionellosis is a respiratory disease caused by Legionella bacteria. Sometimes the bacteria cause a serious type of pneumonia (lung infection) called Legionnaires’ disease. The bacteria can also cause a less serious infection called Pontiac fever that has symptoms similar to a mild case of the flu. The bacteria can be found in most water systems, and is [...]