A Weekend Talking About Bugs

I am attending the annual Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology conference in Charlotte this weekend. Having gone several years in a row, I will see a lot of friends. This is the 2nd year I am working with Pam Falk, APIC Consultant, at APIC LIVE an interactive donning & doffing presentation on…

Does exercise make you sick?

According to an article in “Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise” research data suggest that endurance athletes are at an increased risk for upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) during periods of heavy training and the 1- to 2-wk period after race events. The risk appears to be especially high during the time following marathon-type…

Do your surfaces and disinfectants have a good relationship? Part 3

In the April edition of Infection Control Today, Kelly Pyrek’s article “Disinfection and Surface Compatibility” is a valuable tool for any one that deals with surface disinfection.  She references Linda Lybert’s points to key aspects of surface materials as they relate to the environmental hygiene process.  These surface materials points include: Materials and textiles:  brushed…

Million Dollar Athletes Get Infections too!!

The spread of infection has been a topic of concern on many people’s mind, lately. Do you think about infections in the sense that bacteria and viruses can harm you? Mindith Rahmat wrote an article that is very eye-opening. “MRSA Infections: Prevent Transmission in Your Gym”. Rahmat states that methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and carbapenem-resistant…

Norovirus is a Pricey Bug

In an article in Infection Control Today (April 26, 2016), Norovirus is in the spotlight for the high cost of treating and lost wages.  Many people think of Norovirus because it has been running rampant on cruise ships.  It is awful when people on vacation are stricken by a virus that presents with severe gastrointestinal…

Rainy Season is Mold Season

Mold spores occur in the indoor and outdoor environments. Mold spores may enter buildings from the outside through open doorways, windows, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems with outdoor air intakes. Spores in the air outside also attach themselves to people making them convenient vehicles for carrying mold indoors. When mold spores drop on…