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N95 Respirators & PPE:

Desperate Measures = Dangerous Outcomes With the shortage of N95 respirators for our frontline healthcare workers, hospitals are resorting to the tools they have at hand without realizing they could be infecting rather than protecting their workers. While this may feel like uncharted waters for many healthcare facilities, there are existing studies, tools, and technologies…

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3 Considerations for Facility Directors in the Face of Coronavirus Spread

As transmission of COVID-19 continues to gain momentum here in the United States, concerns about transmission of the disease in facilities have hit unprecedented levels. You, as a Facility Director, face a multi-faceted challenge; how to keep your business running as smoothly as possible while dealing with circumstance beyond your control. “Now’s the time for businesses,…

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8 Things Every Facilities Director Needs To Know About Coronavirus

Preparedness for COVID-19 in spaces for which you are responsible Facilities Directors face a multi-faceted dilemma when considering the possibility of a viral pandemic or infection outbreak such as what we are seeing transpire around the globe with the Coronavirus: The time is now to either gather policies already in place for an epidemic/pandemic/emergency preparedness…

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Are we to expect more infections in the future?

Will reducing antibiotic use lead to more infections? By Tim Sandle     May 18, 2016 in Health London A consensus is developing around restricting the use of antibiotics and antimicrobials. However, what is the impact on human health if the use of these pharmaceutical compounds is curtailed?   This question about a future state where…

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Infection control is a must at the gym

Equipment at the gym can be a lot dirtier than other everyday items. Exercise bikes had an average of 39 times more bacteria than a cafeteria tray. Treadmills contained about 74 times more germs than a public bathroom sink. And this finding will have you running for the hand sanitizer: Free weights were found to…

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Infectious Disease and drug-resistant bacteria

Penicillin changed everything. Infections that had previously killed were suddenly quickly curable. Yet as Maryn McKenna shares in this sobering talk, we’ve squandered the advantages afforded us by that and later antibiotics. Drug-resistant bacteria mean we’re entering a post-antibiotic world — and it won’t be pretty. There are, however, things we can do … if…

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MRSA closes Community College

The Center for Disease Control and the Pennsylvania Department of Health recommended measures to thoroughly disinfect the Field House and stop the potential spread of the skin infection. MRSA outbreak info here

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Measles and whooping cough outbreaks

In an analysis published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., epidemiologists scoured reports of measles and pertussis outbreaks to glean what role vaccination refusal and hesitance played. They also considered the effect of waning immunity among those who were vaccinated Complete article here

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MRSA and athletics

One of the most common resistant germs we encounter today is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, fondly known as MRSA. Once only encountered in hospitals, MRSA has been spreading outside hospital walls, resulting in more and more folks in the general community becoming infected in the last decade. And athletes should know, as they have been at…

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MRSA, an on-going threat

“Eighty-five to 90 percent of the cases are related to sports — related to that type of environment. It is not required to be reported to the health department unless it becomes an outbreak,” Read the entire article here

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