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September 9, 2013

Monday Mash-up

Battle of the Cartoons: Cat vs. Dog Edition

Maybe you think cats are smarter or dogs are more loyal, but who wins the Battle of the Funny Bone? Vote for your favorite below…

Cartoon #1: Trouble Sleeping


Cartoon #2: Dog Years

dog years


Check back tomorrow to see the final results!

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September 6, 2013



Twenty-Five 5-letter Words You Don’t Want to Hear

It’s been a long week hasn’t it? So let’s switch up this Gimme 5 post. I know we usually save the games for Monday mornings, but I won’t tell if you won’t. If you work in a healthcare facility, you get feedback from the patients, right? Hopefully, it’s all positive, but I know there are some words I would be just holding my breath and hoping I didn’t hear.

In the spirit of Gimme 5 Fridays, we’ve come up with 25 five-letter words you don’t want to see on that comment card. Let us know which ones we missed in the comments below!

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September 5, 2013


Let’s get Excited About Education Again

It’s the first week in September again. I don’t know about you, but September will always mean one thing: back to school time.

Do you remember your first days of school as a kindergartner or first grader? I still remember the outfit I wore on my first day of first grade, right down to the purple flower necklace. From that very first day, I loved school. I loved my teacher, I loved the weekly packet of homework we got every Monday, I loved the brownies in the school lunches, and I loved the black-and-white plaid jumper I got to wear.

Everything was so exciting. I was learning more difficult addition and subtraction. I learned how to read the “ch”, “sh”, and “th” sounds. And I couldn’t wait until I was lucky enough to get homework every day and graduate from wearing the jumper to the plaid skirt like my older sister.

I’m not trying to make you nostalgic for your childhood or days gone by (although now that I mentioned it, I am craving one of those school brownies). I’m just wondering: at what point do we lose that excitement for change and for learning new things?

At what age does “I get to try this” turn into “I have to try this”? When do we stop seeking out new information and ideas, desperate to be as smart as the people we look up to? When do we start skimming the title of an article and hitting delete, not even interested in the learning opportunity that is literally right in front of us?

Like everything else in life, infection prevention is an ongoing and never-ending education. But think about that for a minute. Think about all the new technologies that have come out and that are going to come out in our lifetime. Think about all the different ways we’re going to develop to kill harmful bacteria and keep people safe and healthy. Think about all the studies scientists will do, all the ways healthcare facilities will evolve and adapt with each piece of new information.

Like I said, infection prevention is an ongoing and never-ending education. And I think it’s about time we got excited about that again.

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September 4, 2013


Take a look at the UV Flash Disinfectant Station, killing 99.9% of germs on hard-to-clean objects in only 60 seconds

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August 29, 2013


Infection Prevention- “And” is Better

Have you seen the new Ford commercials?

It’s a pretty ridiculous ad, but do you see their point? Why would we choose between two options when having both is better? In the case of Ford, a foot activated lift gate AND great gas mileage is better than one or the other. And what about these other duos?

Macaroni AND cheese, Bert AND Ernie, Twist AND Shout…

Better together, right?

It reminds me of the sentiment that I’ve seen reiterated over and over in LinkedIn discussions, news articles, and success stories: infection prevention needs an all-hands-on-deck and it doesn’t have just one solution. When it comes to infection prevention, “and” is better.

In a patient’s room:

  • Hand hygiene: cuts down on the spread of germs and bacteria, but it’s impossible to ensure 100% compliance
  • Antimicrobial copper: kills 99.9% of surface bacteria within 2 hours, but it’s not financially possible for most hospitals to copperize every single surface in a hospital
  • Hand hygiene AND Antimicrobial copper: eliminating more germs and bacteria through hand hygiene and copper high touch surfaces

In an instrument washer:

  • Ultrasonic bath: breaks up bioburden on instrument surface
  • Ozonated water: world’s most effective bacteria-killer
  • Ultrasonic bath AND Ozonated water: elimination of bioburden and bacteria leading to instruments that consistently pass AAMI standards

In disinfection:

  • UVC full room disinfection machine: disinfects rooms, but only the surfaces facing the machine
  • UV Flash: 360° disinfection of hard to clean objects at a high risk for cross-contamination such as stethoscopes, laptops, and more
  • UVC full room disinfection machine AND UV Flash: ability to disinfect rooms as well as the entire surface area of commonly used objects; both of which cuts down on cross-contamination

Creating standards:

  • Standardized processes: ensures everyone is following the best proven procedures while cleaning instruments in sterile processing departments, preparing a room for a new patients, etc.
  • Standardized results: ensures that each healthcare facility is aiming for an objective and measurable level of clean
  • Standardized processes AND results: no more articles with tips on which hospitals to choose and which to avoid because everyone is following the same procedures and achieving the same high level of clean

Yup, “and” is definitely better.

What are some other infection prevention combinations you can think of?

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August 28, 2013


How do you know your hospital is clean? The MediCount ATP Testing Device provides an objective way to determine the cleanliness of a counter, surgical instrument, desk, and more.

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August 22, 2013


Infection Prevention: Seeing Isn’t Believing

I have a weak spot for magic tricks. When I was little, my best friend’s dad used to perform for us when I was at her house. I remember begging and pleading for the secrets behind the tricks because, even at age 5, I needed things to be logical and make sense.

And that’s why those tricks drove me up the wall. First of all, there’s no way a quarter could stay put behind my ear. Second, even if it could, there’s no way I wouldn’t notice it. Or what about that trick where a magician saws his assistant in half? How can I see her feet sticking out of one half, her head sticking out of the other half, and both halves still alive and kicking (one half literally kicking…)? You just can’t survive if your body is in two different places. It doesn’t make sense.

But sometimes, what you see isn’t what you should believe. Sometimes appearance isn’t reality, and reality isn’t appearance. Sometimes we have to look past appearances to really “see” clearly.

That sounds pretty twisted and cryptic doesn’t it? It’s confusing to explain on paper and even more confusing to adopt as a mindset.

My point is that we all struggle with separating appearance from reality, and that’s one of the obstacles holding us back in infection prevention.

If we don’t SEE any superbugs or bacteria, how do we know they are there?

Or if we SEE a nurse wipe the counter down, then it should be clean right?

And if we can’t SEE a difference between objects before and after UVC light disinfection or a difference between stainless steel and antimicrobial copper, how do we know they work?

If we base our logic on appearances, the rising rate of HAIs (Healthcare-Acquired Infections) doesn’t make sense at all. And if we base our logic on appearances, there’s no reason to change our current infection prevention practices

But, whether it makes sense or not, HAI rates ARE rising, and we DO need to change our current infection prevention practices.

So maybe we need to take a page out of the magician’s handbook and look past appearances.

Then we can SEE that just because it looks like the magician pulled a quarter from behind my ear doesn’t mean it actually happened. Then we can SEE that just because it looks like that assistant was sawed in half doesn’t mean she actually was.

Then we can SEE that just because it looks like there aren’t any superbugs or bacteria present doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Then we can SEE that just because something looks clean doesn’t mean it is. Then we can SEE the difference that using UVC light or antimicrobial copper makes.

Now let’s get one thing straight. I’m not trying to say infection prevention is a magic trick. Preventing the spread of germs and bacteria requires more effort and technology than could ever be pulled out of a top hat. But, like magic, it does require us to look past appearances to “see” the truth. And, in infection prevention, the truth is worth a whole lot more than a hidden quarter behind my ear.

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