LATEST NEWS

I&I SKIN CARE

  • How to Practice Safe Hand Hygiene

    2020-05-27 3:27:00 PM +00:00

          By SC Johnson Professional

    Proper handwashing includes using soap, water and washing for at least 20 seconds. A 2011 study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that washing with soap and water can reduce the presence of bacteria associated with diarrheal disease by up to 23% and slow the spread of harmful bacteria from fecal origin.

    Hand hygiene may seem like common sense, but studies show this is not the case. According to a 2013 study in the Journal of Environmental Health completed by Michigan State University, only 5% of people wash their hands long enough to kill germs and only two in three people use soap when handwashing.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 20% of respiratory infections and about 30% of diarrhea-related illnesses can be prevented if proper hand hygiene practices are followed[1]. If workers and employers promote proper handwashing procedures and follow them diligently, it can reduce the spread of illness-causing bacteria.

    The Importance of Hand Hygiene

    Handwashing can prevent a variety of germs from spreading. In the restaurant industry, 89% of food borne illnesses are caused by germs transferring from improperly washed hands to the food.[2]Proper handwashing can[3]:

    • Reduce the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 23 – 40%
    • Reduce diarrheal illness in people with weakened immune systems by 58%
    • Reduce respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 16 – 20%
    • Reduce absenteeism due to gastrointestinal illness for school children by 29 – 57%

    It’s critical for workers to wash their hands regularly. Workers must have clean hands to help stop the spread of harmful bacteria throughout a facility.

    How and When to Wash

    To prevent the spread of germs, the CDC recommends washing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water. While washing, lather the back of hands, between fingers and under fingernails. This creates friction, which helps effectively remove dirt and germs from skin. Finally, dry hands using a clean towel. Facilities can offer soaps that deliver 99% dirt and germ removal, when used properly, such as SC Johnson Professional’s Refresh Foam Hand Soap Line. 

    When soap isn’t readily available, make alcohol hand sanitizers available to employees, like SC Johnson Professional’s InstanFOAMWhen using hand sanitizer, use similar motions to handwashing – rub hands together for at least 20 seconds and make sure hands are fully dry when complete.

    According to the CDC it’s especially critical for workers to wash their hands:

    • Before, during, and after preparing food.
    • Before and after eating food
    • Before and after treating a cut or wound
    • After using the toilet
    • After nose blowing, coughing or sneezing
    • After touching an animal, animal feed or animal waste
    • After touching garbage

     

    Following these practices can help mitigate crucial danger points for germs transferring from workers’ hands to other surfaces or people. Wash hands frequently and correctly is essential to preventing the spread of germs.

    By keeping these recommendations in mind, employees can help stop the spread of illness-causing bacteria and keep everyone in the facility safer.

     

     

    [3] CDC 2018 https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/why-handwashing.html

    How to Practice Safe Hand Hygiene

    By SC Johnson Professional

     

    May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day, which is a global call for workers across all industries to slow the spread of germs by handwashing. Proper handwashing includes using soap, water and washing for at least 20 seconds. A 2011 study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that washing with soap and water can reduce the presence of bacteria associated with diarrheal disease by up to 23% and slow the spread of harmful bacteria from fecal origin.

    Hand hygiene may seem like common sense, but studies show this is not the case. According to a 2013 study in the Journal of Environmental Health completed by Michigan State University, only 5% of people wash their hands long enough to kill germs and only two in three people use soap when handwashing.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 20% of respiratory infections and about 30% of diarrhea-related illnesses can be prevented if proper hand hygiene practices are followed[1]. If workers and employers promote proper handwashing procedures and follow them diligently, it can reduce the spread of illness-causing bacteria.

    The Importance of Hand Hygiene

    Handwashing can prevent a variety of germs from spreading. In the restaurant industry, 89% of food borne illnesses are caused by germs transferring from improperly washed hands to the food.[2]Proper handwashing can[3]:

    • Reduce the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 23 – 40%
    • Reduce diarrheal illness in people with weakened immune systems by 58%
    • Reduce respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 16 – 20%
    • Reduce absenteeism due to gastrointestinal illness for school children by 29 – 57%

    It’s critical for workers to wash their hands regularly. Workers must have clean hands to help stop the spread of harmful bacteria throughout a facility.

    How and When to Wash

    To prevent the spread of germs, the CDC recommends washing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water. While washing, lather the back of hands, between fingers and under fingernails. This creates friction, which helps effectively remove dirt and germs from skin. Finally, dry hands using a clean towel. Facilities can offer soaps that deliver antimicrobial efficacy of up to 99.999% for a variety of Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria, such as SC Johnson Professional’s Refresh AntiBac Foam

    When soap isn’t readily available, make alcohol hand sanitizers available to employees, like SC Johnson Professional’s InstanFOAM Complete sanitizer with 80% alcohol. When using hand sanitizer, use similar motions to handwashing – rub hands together for at least 20 seconds and make sure hands are fully dry when complete.

    According to the CDC it’s especially critical for workers to wash their hands:

    • Before, during, and after preparing food.
    • Before and after eating food
    • Before and after treating a cut or wound
    • After using the toilet
    • After nose blowing, coughing or sneezing
    • After touching an animal, animal feed or animal waste
    • After touching garbage

     

    Following these practices can help mitigate crucial danger points for germs transferring from workers’ hands to other surfaces or people. Wash hands frequently and correctly is essential to preventing the spread of germs.

    By keeping these recommendations in mind, employees can help stop the spread of illness-causing bacteria and keep everyone in the facility safer.

     

     

  • By SC Johnson Professional

    In partnership with The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit that evaluates healthcare quality, Newsweek named SC Johnson Professional’s DebMed Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring System one of the best infection prevention products of 2020[1].

     

    What is it?

    The DebMed Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring System is used in healthcare settings. It is the only clinical, research-based and badge-free system that captures all hand hygiene events. Actionable, easy-to-read automated reports provide insights into areas for improvement and enable healthcare teams to lead daily hand hygiene discussions in seconds.

    How does it work?

    The data is compiled through a three-step process, which starts with a monitored dispenser. As the soap or sanitizer (of any brand) is dispensed, the monitor captures the hand hygiene events and transmits the data via a stand-alone network to a dedicated DebMed server.

    The data is compiled to determine a healthcare facility’s compliance rate. The compliance rate is found by comparing the number of hand hygiene opportunities that should have occurred based on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 5-moments, which includes: before touching a patient, before clean or aseptic procedures, after body fluid exposure or risk, after touching a patient, and after touching patient surroundings. This formula has been adapted to calculate compliance based on the Canadian 4-Moments for Hand Hygiene.

    Data is available online via a user-friendly dashboard, and daily emails can be sent that include easy-to-read and actionable reports.

    Why is it special? 

    This hand hygiene monitoring system is proven to deliver an accurate compliance rate based on the WHO's 5-Moments, Canadian 4-Moments for Hand Hygiene, and guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The system is easy to implement and doesn’t require the use of costly equipment and is compatible with all brands of sanitizer and soap dispensers. The DebMed System allows healthcare facilities to monitor hand hygiene during direct patient care via monitoring-enabled point-of-care dispensers. This is accomplished without data security concerns or integration with the hospital’s IT system.

    How can you use this data?

    1. Strategies for compliance improvement can be driven by continuously comparing detailed group performance data to generate collaboration among the healthcare team and support the development of a just culture.
    2. Inform and measure the success of interventions with real-time compliance scores according to the WHO My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene guidelines.
    3. Analyze soap vs. sanitizer usage at the room level, supporting isolation protocol compliance.
    4. Ensure that hand hygiene is occurring as expected during prolonged facility-level outbreaks. For example, since the arrival of SARS-CoV-2, there has been a steady increase in hand hygiene compliance rates in many hospital units utilizing the DebMed Hand Hygiene Monitoring System.
    5. Report on hand hygiene progress to facility leadership teams

    And more!

    Learn more at https://info.scjp.com/hand-hygiene-monitoring 

     

    [1] https://www.newsweek.com/best-infection-prevention-products-1499577

  • nurse washing hands

    By SC Johnson Professional

    May 5 is the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Hand Hygiene Day, which is a global call for all healthcare workers to improve hand hygiene practices and provide cleaner care to patients. According to the CDC, at least one out of every 31 patients experiences a healthcare-acquired infection (HAI) on any given day[1]. HAIs lead to increased morbidity rates and higher costs for healthcare facilities. A 2013 study in the Journal of Medical Economics found that the economic burden of HAIs in acute care hospitals range from $96–$147 billion annually from direct and indirect costs[2]. With better hand hygiene practices, healthcare institutions can reduce the spread and impact of HAIs.

    According to the WHO most HAIs are spread from microbes from the hands of healthcare professionals to patients[3]. The WHO recommends that all healthcare professionals perform hand hygiene before touching patients and before executing a clean or aseptic procedure. This is especially important for nurses, who generally operate on the frontlines in healthcare facilities, or midwives, who are providing the first level of care for expectant mothers. The WHO also recommends handwashing after touching a patient, a patient’s surroundings, and after exposure to a patient’s bodily fluids.

    After encountering one of these contact points, healthcare workers should use the “handrub” method if hands are not visibly soiled and the full “handwash” method if hands are visibly dirty. Hand rubbing requires applying a palmful of alcohol-based hand-cleaner to both hands, rubbing hands palm-to-palm and then interlacing fingers together for 20-30 seconds. If hands are visibly dirty, then healthcare professionals should go through a full handwash with soap and water. Wet hands, apply soap and rub hands palm-to-palm with fingers interlaced before drying hands completely. If possible, use a towel to turn off the faucet. The entire process should take 40 – 60 seconds.

    With hand hygiene playing such an essential role in preventing the spread of germs and saving hospitals money by reducing HAIs, it’s important to follow the suggested handwashing procedures. There are many ways to improve hand hygiene in the healthcare system. For example, SC Johnson Professional’s Deb Med Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring System has been clinically proven to decrease hospital onset HAI rates (MRSA and C.Diff[4]) by 42%[5]. The system achieves this by delivering accurate compliance rates based on the WHO 5-Moments, Canadian 4-Moments for Hand Hygiene, and CDC Guidelines.

    Incorporating these practices into healthcare facilities can improve the overall quality of care that patients and their families receive. By practicing better hand hygiene, nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals can keep their patients safe at every contact point.

     

     


    [2] Albert Marchetti & Richard Rossiter (2013) Economic burden of healthcare-associated infection in US acute care hospitals: societal perspective, Journal of Medical Economics, 16:12, 1399-1404, DOI: 10.3111/13696998.2013.842922

    [4] Robinson, N, Boeker. S, Steed, C, Kelly, W. Innovative Use of Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring to Control a Clostridium Difficile Cluster on a Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Unit. Am J Infect Control. June 2014, Vol 42(6):S150.

    [5]  Kelly, J. W., MD, Blackhurst, D., DrPH, McAtee, W., BS, & Steed, C., MSN, RN, CIC. (2016, June 23). Electronic hand hygiene monitoring as a tool for reducing health care–associated methicillin- resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection. American Journal of Infection Control.

  • Technical Bulletin Coronavirus (SARS CoV-2)

    OVERVIEW

    On December 31, 2019, the WHO China Country Office was informed of cases of pneumonia of unknown etiology (unknown cause) detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS CoV-2) was identified as the causative virus by Chinese authorities on January 7, 2020. 

    Coronaviruses (CoV) are ‘enveloped viruses’ belonging to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

    The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS CoV-2) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.  Coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

    • the air by coughing and sneezing
    • close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
    • touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
    • rarely, fecal contamination

     

    PROTECTION

    There are currently no vaccines available to protect against human coronavirus infection. WHO’s standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses are as follows, which include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices:

    • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
    • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands
    • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough
    • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider
    • When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals
    • The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.

     

    PROPER HAND HYGIENE 

    As a refresher on proper handwashing techniques using soap and water, please reference our hand washing video. To see SC Johnson Professional handwash and hand sanitizer options visit our website.   

    It is important to note that under Health Canada regulations, it is prohibited to discuss or promote antiviral claims for hand sanitizers or hand cleansers in Canada without agency approval.  SC Johnson Professional hand sanitizers and hand cleansers have not been tested against this strain of coronavirus. 
     

    You can learn more about the 2019-nCoV outbreak at Health Canada and WHO websites.

    Download a PDF version here: Technical Bulletin

  • BRANTFORD, ON – December 5, 2019 - Refresh™ Foam Soap by SC Johnson Professional has been named the winner of the 2019 ISSA Innovation Award in the Cleaning Agents category. Voted on by cleaning-industry distributors, building service contractors and in-house service professionals, the Refresh™ Foam Soap was selected among six other cleaning agents as a leading innovative product for 2019.

    Formulated with one of the mildest preservatives and added skin conditioners, SC Johnson Professional’s Refresh™ Foam Soap line was designed to elevate the handwashing experience. SC Johnson Professional’s Refresh™ foam soaps contain signature fragrances and were developed based on input from facility owners, cleaning professionals, fragrance experts and users. The mild preservatives and added skin conditioners make SC Johnson Professional’s Refresh™ foam soaps pleasant on the hands and suitable for all ages.

    Refresh™ Foam Soap line is available in a range of new signature fragrances and fragrance-free options, such as Refresh™ Azure – Fresh Apple; Refresh™ Rose – Enchanted Rose;  Refresh™ and Refresh™ Clear – Fragrance-Free and Dye-Free, in cartridge sizes from 1-L to 2-L. Just one pump removes more than 99 percent of dirt and germs when used properly.

    The ISSA Innovation Award program recognizes the industry’s most revolutionary products and services as voted on by cleaning-industry professionals. Voting took place on ISSA.com from Aug. 2 to Nov. 15, 2019.

    For more information on SC Johnson Professional’s Refresh™ products, visit www.scjp.com/refresh.

HEALTHCARE SKIN CARE