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Tanya van Monsjou

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Changing the Culture of Hand Hygiene in Healthcare

Posted by Tanya van Monsjou on Oct 15, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Making a change in an established routine isn’t easy, especially when it comes to breaking a bad habit. In the world of healthcare, hand hygiene is essential to patient safety, and yet healthcare organizations struggle with compliance. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), healthcare providers clean their hands less than half of the times they should. The CDC also reports that about one in 25 patients acquires a healthcare-associated infection (HAI) during their hospital stay.

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Topics: electronic monitoring, culture change, Joint Commission

What's the link between Nurses’ Attitudes and Hand Hygiene Compliance?

Posted by Tanya van Monsjou on Oct 4, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Nurses play an important role in reducing instances of infection among their patients, whether they work in a hospital, healthcare facility or in the home. But are they the key to better compliance with infection control practices?

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Topics: patient safety, hand hygiene compliance, Nursing

Fall into the Infection Prevention Momentum

Posted by Tanya van Monsjou on Nov 16, 2017 2:39:20 PM

Have you ever listened to a song and felt the lyrics were stolen from your inner monologue? Did that song make you feel energized and motivated to make a change? Perhaps it’s not just the song that ignites us, but the idea that someone else shares the same passion! 

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Topics: hand hygiene, infection prevention, International Infection Prevention Week, Global Handwashing Day, National Infection Control Week, World Antibiotic Awareness Week

Top 5 Infection Prevention Articles Of All Time

Posted by Tanya van Monsjou on Oct 13, 2017 9:13:24 AM

The third week of October is dedicated to Infection Prevention and Control Professionals from across the healthcare spectrum, recognizing the profession and providing them with an engaged audience and an open forum for communication and education. The heightened awareness generated by social media, infection prevention partners, and the media drive us to look at our own hand hygiene practices and frequency of events, and question whether or not we are doing enough to protect ourselves and others from the spread of germs. The simple answer is no! In fact, according to the CDC hand hygiene compliance by healthcare providers is on average 50% or less.

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Topics: IIPW, hand hygiene, infection prevention, International Infection Prevention Week, hospital aquired infections, nicw, National Infection Control Week

Think Fungus

Posted by Tanya van Monsjou on Aug 17, 2017 11:00:00 AM

The week of August 14-18, 2017 has been declared Fungal Disease Awareness Week by the CDC. The theme of this year's awareness week is “Think Fungus,” and it aims to encourage the public and clinicians to consider the possibility of a fungal infection if a patient’s symptoms are not improving with treatment. Although the exact prevalence of fungal infections is difficult to quantify, the CDC has identified fungal pathogens to be an increasing problem worldwide.

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Topics: hand hygiene, healthcare-associated infections, HAI, c.auris, candida, fungus, fungal awareness week, yeast

Are You Using the Right Hand Hygiene Products? 7 Key Points to Consider

Posted by Tanya van Monsjou on Jul 21, 2017 11:19:54 AM

Infection Control Today recently published a Hand Hygiene Product Evaluation and Purchasing Guide which includes wisdom from hand hygiene product manufacturers and some key points to consider while selecting or changing products. We have summarized the 7 most common suggestions, in order of popularity, to provide you with a quick reference guide for your next product purchase.

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Topics: hand hygiene, healthcare, product accessibility, healthcare costs, Skin Health, product availability, product selection

5 Most Popular Hand Hygiene Articles

Posted by Tanya van Monsjou on Apr 27, 2017 11:21:24 AM

With the May 5 World Hand Hygiene Day upon us, you are undoubtedly thinking about your hand hygiene behaviors and of those of the people around you. This list of the top 5 LinkedIn Pulse articles from Patrick Boshell, will provide you with a combination of thought provoking hand hygiene statistics and strategies to help you identify the areas in your personal and professional life that could benefit from improved hand hygiene behavior.

 

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Topics: hand hygiene, World Health Organization, Hand hygiene day

Avoiding Hand Sanitizer Ingestion in Children

Posted by Tanya van Monsjou on Mar 30, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Those who live with or work with young children are discussing a disturbing new trend of hand sanitizer consumption. A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report  demonstrates that in many cases children are intentionally consuming hand sanitizers. In fact, 95% of the 70,669 hand sanitizer exposure cases reported to poison control centers between 2011 and 2014 were due to intentional ingestion of these products.

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Topics: hand sanitizer, children, adverse effects

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