Cleaning SuppliesEven if you’re an optimist, you’ll probably be upset to learn that only an estimated 50% of your hospital room is cleaned.

It’s not just soft surfaces that are a problem, either. It’s toilets, tray tables, hand rails, and light switches, among other things!

And while HAIs (Hospital Acquired Infections) are the big concern (not only do patients have weakened immune systems, even treatments as simple as an antibiotic increase their HAI risk), healthcare workers are affected, too! While healthcare workers are known for being sick more often (and are often required to take precautions like vaccinate), some of that risk is just becoming a carrier for diseases, whether they’re spreading it between rooms/patients, or to their families.

This is all data thanks to a recent study that asks questions about how and how much hospital rooms are cleaned, how that affects bacterial colonies on surfaces, and how that affects patient outcomes! Read more about HAIs…

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Rainy Afternoon?

August 13, 2015

Rain Through A WindowIf you find yourself inside when you were hoping for a nice outing, there are other good ways to use your time! Like how about relaxing? Don’t just “pass” the afternoon—use it to your advantage!

After a summer of fun, you might be feeling a little run down, and maybe even ready for fall. Here’s the perfect way to recharge when you’re inside on a cloudy or storming afternoon: Read more about de-stressing…

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Doctor Delivers DiagnosisUp to 4% of Baby Boomers could have Hep C—accounting for 75% of Americans with Hep C. They had the bad luck of being in the wrong time with the wrong medical practices. Reused needles, some areas didn’t sterilize enough, etc. etc.

No symptoms? Hep C lasts decades before symptoms manifest. Early Hep C symptoms can slip under the radar, too—fatigue, for instance, can have a lot of causes. Most people don’t jump to Hep C.

When obvious symptoms do present, it often means things are getting serious (if it’s not too late). It can take the liver starting to fail for symptoms to catch a diagnosis. Read more about Hep C…

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Back To School PencilsWhether you’ve got young kids who haven’t 100% mastered sneezing into their elbow every time, or older kids going to live elbow to elbow in the dorms, don’t forget to boost their immune system before you send them off to school.

And don’t limit your support to immune boosts, support those learning, growing minds, and more!

First, support their health! A balanced breakfast goes a long way, but it doesn’t hurt to have a little extra immune support. Nothing disrupts focus more than sniffles, sneezes, and coughing (and of course missed school days!). And Back To School (August) is, unfortunately, followed by fall (and cold and flu season!). Read more about preparing for school…

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Making Up A Hospital RoomWith a rise in superbugs (and hospital acquired infections) predicted, the CDC and FDA have new guidelines to curb their spread…sort of.

Superbugs, or antibiotic resistant bacteria, are a huge and growing problem for hospitals. Hospital acquired infections affect an estimated 1 in 25 patients everyday, with almost 10% eventually dieing from the infection. And while (as with almost infections) having a weakened immune system is a big factor—everyone is at risk. More than half of hospital acquired infections occur outside of the intensive care unit (and superbugs are a big part of that!). Read more about HAIs…

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