The most visited Reflections posts of 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, I thought it would be fun to share the most visited posts of 2019 on Reflections. And here they are:

Blog post % views of top 10 posts Year published
Do you know your CRO from your CPO from your CRE from your CPE? 11.4 2013
Focusing on the role of nurses in environmental hygiene 11.3 2018
Hand hygiene and the courage to challenge: a personal reflection 11.1 2019
Bad things happen when you don’t do hand hygiene 10.7 2019
We need to win hearts and minds to improve hand hygiene practice 10.7 2019
Dispersal of CPE from contaminated sinks and drains: a refection from Infection Prevention 2019 9.6 2019
CRE can survive on dry surfaces for longer than you may expect 9.3 2014
CPE infection prevention and control guidelines: an update 8.8 2019
An endless one-sided confidence in Pip-tazo? 8.6 2018
Studying bacteriophages: catch-22 8.5 2019

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I mean cleaning…no, disinfection…no, both. (What you mean is ”environmental hygiene”!)

I’ve been struggling for years to find the best ‘catch-all’ term to describe hospital cleaning or disinfection or both. And, after much thought, I’ve settled on a proposal to share with you, dear reader: “environmental hygiene”.

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Do single rooms reduce HCAI?

An interesting review article examines the relationship between three related variables: the proportion of single rooms, the size of the patient room and patient proximity, and the availability of antiseptic hand rub, with various HCAI indicators. The bottom line is that both a move towards a higher proportion of single rooms and larger patient rooms are associated with reduced HCAI, and making hand gels more available improves compliance with their use (unsurprisingly).

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Hand hygiene in healthcare (or the lack of it)

Schermafbeelding 2016-05-19 om 12.01.35I had posted about Sanjay Saint’s great TED talk. He now wrote an article for the general public – based on his talk: “Hand washing stops infections, so why do health care workers skip it?”

While I am a big fan of hand rubbing (we don’t have the time to hand wash) I still feature his picture he included in his article. Have fun reading his article:
https://theconversation.com/hand-washing-stops-infections-so-why-do-health-care-workers-skip-it-58763

Hand hygiene – social norms and compassion

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I just saw Sanjay Saint’s TEDx UofM-talk and have to say that I was impressed. The message is clear, the characters portrayed recognizable, and the conclusion something we all have to agree with. I “love” his final thoughts (and if you watch the talk to the end you know why I used “love”) and I share his views on compassion. Intentionally we branded our campaign for better infection control as “iCare”.Schermafbeelding 2016-04-26 om 21.02.03

Hope you enjoy Sanjay’s talk as much as I did: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3MtvvNjUR4&sns=em