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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 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.

Moving from Good to Great Hand Hygiene Pays Off

8/29/2016

By Megan J. DiGiorgio, MSN, RN, CIC

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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How to Build Accountability Around Hand Hygiene

8/23/2016

By Lori Moore, RN

Clinical Application Specialist, GOJO Industries

It’s essential for healthcare workers to be accountable for their hand hygiene performance because they deal with a large number of people and pathogens every day, and it's well established that hands transmit germs that cause healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). In fact, it is estimated that more than 80% of illnesses are spread by touch.

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It's Time to Abandon the Hygiene Hypothesis

8/18/2016

By Professor Sally Bloomfield

Chairman of IFH and Honorary Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK

The July issue of Perspectives in Public Health reviews the latest evidence showing that the hygiene hypothesis is a misleading and dangerous misnomer. Not only does it undermine attitudes to hygiene at a time when antibiotic resistance threatens our ability to treat infections, it also hinders the search for ways to reverse the recent dramatic rise in allergies and other chronic inflammatory diseases. These arguments are set out in a new review summarising the consensus findings of experts who presented at a conference organized by the Royal Society for Public Health and the International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene in February 2016.

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Stopping the Spread of Germs in K-12 Schools

8/11/2016

By Megan Powell

Market Development Director, GOJO Industries

Why sick kids end up attending school and how to prevent their germs from spreading to other students, teachers, and staff.

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Taking a Closer Look at the 2 Most Common Foodborne Illnesses
Taking a Closer Look at the 2 Most Common Foodborne Illnesses

8/8/2016

By Dave Shumaker

Microbiology Scientist, GOJO Industries

Did you know according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there are more than 250 different types of foodborne illnesses? While that number is staggering, there are two illnesses that account for nearly 70% of all foodborne illness outbreaks in the United States – norovirus and Salmonella.

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