GOJO Hand Hygiene Blog

We spotlight the importance of hand hygiene to improve public health, serve as a trusted resource and raise awareness of leading-edge hand hygiene and skin health scientific advancements through the GOJO Hand Hygiene Blog.

GOJO microbiologists, scientists, nurses and communication professionals post regularly and we also get the views of outside experts and thought leaders in the field. It’s all part of the GOJO Purpose, saving lives and making lives better through well-being solutions.

Megan J. DiGiorgio, MSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Clinical Specialist, GOJO Industries

Megan DiGiorgio has worked in infection prevention for almost 15 years. She received her bachelors of science and masters of science in nursing from Case Western Reserve University of Cleveland, Ohio and worked in pediatric nursing until she transitioned to infection prevention. She has served as president and multiple other offices at her local Association of Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) chapter, has presented posters and oral abstracts at national APIC conferences, and has published in several infection prevention journals. Megan began working at GOJO in 2013. In her role at GOJO she helps counsel healthcare workers and healthcare facilities experiencing skin health difficulties related to hand hygiene. She recently became a fellow of APIC (FAPIC) in 2016.
WHO World Hand Hygiene Day 2017
Raising Awareness for the Importance of Hand Hygiene

5/2/2018

By Megan J. DiGiorgio, MSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Clinical Specialist, GOJO Industries

Every year on May 5th, we come together on World Hand Hygiene Day to raise awareness for the critical role hand hygiene plays in infection prevention.

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Hand Hygiene Long Term Care LTX
Moving from Good to Great Hand Hygiene Pays Off

8/29/2016

By Megan J. DiGiorgio, MSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Clinical Specialist, GOJO Industries

Is there a point of diminishing returns when it comes to hand hygiene? A newly published study conducted at University of North Carolina Hospitals recently helped us answer that very question and reported what many of us already suspected: more compliance with hand hygiene actually yields better results in terms of healthcare-associated infection (HAI) reduction. What’s impressive about this study is that the healthcare facility where it was conducted already had what is considered “high” compliance rates (82.6%).So, how did they accomplish this?

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Winter Illness Outbreak Cold and Flu
What Can You Do To Prevent the Flu?

2/8/2016

By Megan J. DiGiorgio, MSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Clinical Specialist, GOJO Industries

We are in the middle of winter-germ season, and even though reports of influenza seem to be lower than last year at this time, it is important to remember the flu season typically peaks between December and February each year in the United States. With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at the symptoms and preventive measures you can take to help reduce the spread of illness-causing germs.

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Engagement is key to infection prevention
Engagement - The Key to Infection Prevention

10/19/2015

By Megan J. DiGiorgio, MSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Clinical Specialist, GOJO Industries

Yesterday marked the first day of International Infection Prevention Week, an awareness campaign led by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) designed to stimulate interest in and highlight the importance of infection prevention.Learn how everyone - patients, visitors and healthcare workers - plays a role in infection prevention.

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Hand Hygiene Long Term Care LTX
The Importance of Hand Hygiene in Long-Term Care

6/8/2015

By Megan J. DiGiorgio, MSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Clinical Specialist, GOJO Industries

According to the CDC, one to three million serious infections, which include antibiotic-resistant staph infections and diarrheal diseases, occur every year in a long-term care facility. The CDC also reports that as many as 380,000 people die each year from infections contracted while in a long-term care facility. So what can be done to decrease these types of infections?

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