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.

Employee Wellness in the open office
Employee Wellness in the Open Office: How Layout Trends Affect the Spread of Germs

3/16/2017

By Thom Wojtkun

Market Development Director, Office Buildings, GOJO Industries

Long gone are the Mad Men days when you could retire to a spacious, private office between meetings. The open office trend is here to stay, and for good reason: the layout can foster collaboration, a livelier interchange of ideas and a greater sense of belonging to the team. Surrounded by coworkers, even Don Draper might have spent less time moodily staring out the window.

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PSAW NPSF Logo - 2017
United in Patient Safey

3/13/2017

By Megan J. DiGiorgio, MSN, RN, CIC

Clinical Specialist, GOJO Industries

Each year, the National Patient Safety Foundation works to bring together and engage healthcare professionals and patients to help spread the important message of patient safety. This message is amplified during Patient Safety Awareness Week, which started yesterday and runs through this coming Saturday, March 18th.

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SMARTLINK CBS
The Impact of Clinician-Based Support for Hand Hygiene Improvement

3/9/2017

By John Lerner

SMARTLINK™ Solutions Business Development Vice President

Tight budgets and limited resources are familiar challenges for hospital infection prevention teams. There are always multiple priorities competing for funding and leadership support. Sustaining a focused hand hygiene initiative to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) can help improve patient safety, protect reimbursements and positively affect hospital ratings—but proving these benefits to key decision makers is often difficult.

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Happy Kids in K-12
Hand Hygiene Lesson Plans and Activities for K-12 Classrooms

3/7/2017

By Mark Rundle

Market Development Manager, GOJO Industries

Between all the math, science, social studies and language arts, it can be hard to find time to teach kids one of life’s most important lessons for staying healthy throughout the school year: hand hygiene. In a recent study that followed 120 middle and high school students, 58% of female students washed their hands after using the bathroom, compared with 48% of male students. On top of that, female students only used soap 28% of the time, while male students used soap a shocking 8% of the time.

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Winter Illness Outbreak Cold and Flu
Hand Hygiene and Surface Disinfection: The Role Each Plays in Flu Prevention

2/21/2017

By Jim Arbogast, Ph.D.

Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements Vice President, GOJO Industries

Late last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report that said the current flu vaccine reduces your risk of the flu by about 50 to 60 percent. The flu vaccine still provides great value in that vaccinated people are less likely to get infected and may have a milder illness if they do become infected. But with the flu season typically running until April or even May, what can we do to help protect ourselves from coming down with the flu?

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