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An Old and Simple Remedy

As old and simple as it is, hand-washing, is a great public health tool!

An experiment in elementary school school children demonstrated the value of hand-washing.The children were taught how to take culture samples from their hands and how to wash their hands properly. Ninety-one percent reported they saw reduced microbial growth after cleaning hands--89% said this changed their hand hygiene in the right direction. Most importantly student absenteeism rates dropped significantly as a result of these activities.

PositiveTip: Are you regularly washing your hands? Do your part to faithfully prevent the spread of disease!

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Say Bye-Bye to OTC Antibacterial Soaps

Antibacterial soaps are no better than plain soap and water!

It has taken a long time, but finally the Federal Drug Administration has brought an end to the marketing of over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial soaps--those that contain any of 19 specific active ingredients, including triclosan and triclocarban. This new ruling does not impact antibacterial products used in healthcare settings--nor OTC alcohol handrubs or wipes. Manufacturers have one year to bring their products into compliance.

PositiveTip: Want clean hands? Wash your hands with plain soap and water, front, back and between fingers for 20-30 seconds--then rinse.

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High Tech Eyes Make a Difference

Big brother watching hand-washing helps a lot!

Police have found that the deployment of video cameras deter speeding. A hospital in New York placed video cameras with views of every sink and sanitizer dispenser to record hand hygiene of all workers. During 16-weeks of video monitoring only, acceptable hand hygiene rates were less than 10%. However, when real-time feedback on LED displays was implemented the rate of acceptable hygiene events climbed to more than 80% and remained so for almost two years.

PositiveTip: Have you asked someone to hold you accountable to your goals and responsibilities? We all need this.