24
Feb
2012
Public Health

Hand-washing and the Role of Feedback in Hygiene Strategies


06
Jan
2012
Outbreaks
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA

Tackling C. diff

Here’s a troubling statistic: Over 165,000 patients will acquire Clostridium difficile (“C. diff’) infections while in US hospitals this year. This organism has become a top hospital-acquired pathogen in the US. “Clostridium difficile,” is a spore-forming bacterium that can live in the lower gastrointestinal tract of some humans and is shed in feces. Persons hosting... Read More »

22
Dec
2011
Public Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

A Public Health Gift for the Children in Your Life

This holiday season the Water Quality & Health Council hopes you will enjoy the good cheer of family and friends. Seeing the little ones is one of the special joys of the season. Naturally, we want them to be healthy and avoid the colds and flu that seem to run rampant at this time of... Read More »

16
Dec
2011
Public Health
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA

Neti Pots, Naegleria and Your Health

Naegleria fowleri Image used with permission of Dr. Francine Marciano-Cabral, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Neti pot1 use is being blamed for the deaths of two Louisiana residents who developed a rare fatal brain infection after using the device to clear their sinuses (The Advocate article). The infections are believed to have been caused... Read More »

17
Nov
2011
Public Health
by Fred Reiff, PE

Disease Prevention for Occupier Protestors

Since mid-September, demonstrators from the international Occupy movement have inhabited US city parks to protest social and economic inequality. As the weeks pass, outdoor temperatures decline and sanitation conditions worsen, health officials are concerned that camps have become breeding grounds for disease. Protesters should heed basic principles of sanitation and take precautions to avoid spreading... Read More »

17
Oct
2011
Public Health
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Superbugs and the Road to Antimicrobial Resistance: A Case Study from Ecuador

There’s more to developing drug resistant bacteria than simply taking antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem worldwide that needs to be addressed on multiple fronts including human and veterinary medicine. Research recently concluded in Ecuador suggests that environment and social context may play a major role in the development and spread of antibiotic drug... Read More »

12
Sep
2011
Public Health
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

Chloroform: A Profile in Risk Management

In Scotland’s St. Giles Cathedral, there hangs a peculiar plaque praising the discovery of the anesthetic properties of the chemical compound chloroform. Scottish obstetrician Dr. James Simpson is widely credited with this 1847 medical milestone. Chloroform, a simple compound consisting of carbon, chlorine and hydrogen, has more recently been in the news as a byproduct... Read More »

09
May
2011
Public Health
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC

Sensing Potential Problems with Electronic Eye Faucets

The public bathroom scene is changing.  Increasingly, manual faucets and soap dispensers are being replaced by hands-free electronic eye faucets that conserve water and need only sense a pair of hands to start running water of a perfect temperature. This is a positive development because those who wash their hands don’t have to touch the... Read More »