26
Feb
2010
Public Health

Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare’s Hand Hygiene Project


22
Dec
2009
Public Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Harvard Rates H1N1 Top Health Story of the Year

The Harvard Health Letter selected H1N1 as the top health story of the year, in part because health officials and the general public approached the H1N1 pandemic with relative calm, despite the fact that this strain of influenza had (and still has) the potential to become more virulent and more infectious. For years, health officials... Read More »

18
Dec
2009
Public Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Disinfection and Cleaning for H1N1: Outside Services or Home Practices?

Public fears about contracting H1N1 have boosted sales of hand sanitizers and are likely driving the purchase of cold and flu remedies, as well as increasing visits to doctors’ offices or emergency rooms. This same concern is also creating a cottage industry built around H1N1 cleaning and disinfection services. Former disaster restoration companies and anti-microbial... Read More »

17
Dec
2009
Public Health
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Miami Hotel Evacuated Due to Legionnaires’ Disease

Health officials have determined that a water filter removed too much chlorine, possibly allowing the spread of Legionnaires’ disease, which is suspected of sickening at least two guests since October at the luxury EPIC Hotel in Miami. Based on an initial investigation, it appears that the hotel installed a special filtration system to enhance the quality... Read More »

23
Sep
2009
Public Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Disinfect–Don’t Infect

Controlling viral populations on household surfaces is an effective way to cut down on the spread of seasonal and H1N1 flu. Although flu viruses require live host cells to multiply and spread, they can live on inanimate surfaces for hours or even days. Good hygiene requires more than just cleaning. Proper disinfection provides an additional safeguard for areas where people come into contact with contaminated surfaces.... Read More »

01
Aug
2007
Public Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Disinfection and Green Cleaning: Guiding Principles for Healthy Public Buildings

Cleaning and disinfection (the removal or killing of disease-causing germs) are critically important to maintain healthy conditions in homes, schools, healthcare facilities and other indoor areas. At the same time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and others have noted that some cleaning products can present health and environmental concerns. This has led a number of... Read More »

01
Jun
2007
Public Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

TB, Emerging Diseases and the Role of Personal Responsibility

The recently reported story of a man with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis should sensitize us to the fact that what many think is an eradicated disease is really quite prevalent in certain countries of the world and remains potentially deadly. More importantly, this case demonstrates how easily diseases more contagious than TB could be spread around the world in a very short time. What are the lessons that should be learned from this incident to reduce the chance of a more deadly outbreak of disease? ... Read More »

01
Oct
2006
Public Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Preventing Healthcare Associated Infections: The Role of Chlorine Products in Risk Reduction

In 1847, the Austrian physician, Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, demonstrated that puerperal sepsis ("childbed fever") was contagious and that incidents of infection could be dramatically reduced by enforcing appropriate hand hygiene by medical caregivers. In his study, Dr. Semmelweis noticed an alarming difference between the low infection rates in the mothers cared for by midwives in one hospital ward and the higher rates of those attended to by the medical students in another ward.... Read More »