What Is Hydrogen Peroxide & What Is It Used For?

Hydrogen peroxide is one of those common products you probably have stashed in a bathroom cabinet next to the band-aids. While it may be useful in some situations, there are times when it can harm your health. Because hydrogen peroxide is such a common household product, we wanted to take a moment to explain when is the right time to use it and when to hide it away. Here are the facts you need to know for safe, effective use of this powerful disinfection tool. What Is Hydrogen Peroxide? Hydrogen peroxide is classified by chemists as a compound, which just [...]

By |November 27th, 2018|Categories: Best Cleaning Practices, Residential Disinfection|0 Comments

What Are Healthcare-Associated Infections & Are You At Risk?

In the 21st century, doctors and healthcare professionals have developed revolutionary ways of protecting patient health. From advanced sanitization methods to safely sterilizing tools and equipment, we’ve come a long way in making healthcare environments as safe as possible. Unfortunately, patients and healthcare professionals are both fighting invisible foes: germs. In hospitals and healthcare facilities where many ill patients are receiving treatment at the same time, it is immensely challenging to prevent the spread of healthcare-associated infections, also known as HAIs. Every year, HAIs affect a significant percentage of Americans who receive medical care. While most of these infections are [...]

By |November 20th, 2018|Categories: Healthcare, Infection Control|0 Comments

Infection Control for Individuals with Weakened Immune Systems

Your immune system’s job is to keep you safe from infectious diseases. Think of it as your own personal infection control expert. However, if you’re suffering from an autoimmune disorder, undergoing treatment for another condition, or under a great deal of stress, your system can develop weaknesses that decrease its ability to do its job. When this happens, your risk of infection can rise dramatically. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and prevent infections from occurring. Here’s how. Lifestyle Changes Manage Your Chronic Stress Stress is your body’s natural response to significant short- or long-term changes [...]

By |November 13th, 2018|Categories: Family, Infection Control, Residential Disinfection|0 Comments

Protecting Education at its Core & What Parents Can Do to Help

We hear about it in the news every week: Teachers aren’t paid enough. Schools are making cuts. Students take too many tests. Education funding is decreasing. At GermBlast, many of the men and women on our infection control team are former teachers, athletic coaches, and superintendents. Not only do we understand the challenges educators face today, but also we see our children's education as an absolute priority. But what does stopping the spread of infection have to do with educational funding and learning outcomes? More Absences = Less Funding Education funding is essential to a positive learning environment. It’s not [...]

By |November 6th, 2018|Categories: Education, Family, Infection Control|0 Comments

4 Small Steps to Make a Big Impact on Preventing the Flu

In a busy healthcare facility full of patients, you have countless tasks vying for your attention. During the flu season, the urgent care and emergency room departments can feel like complete chaos. While you’re working hard to care for others, we’re here to support you in the fight against the flu. As you know, the best way to prevent the spread of the flu in a healthcare facility is to encourage frequent handwashing for healthcare professionals, patients, and visitors alike, while also disinfecting surfaces and mobile equipment. To help you and your team stay at peak performance during the flu [...]

By |October 30th, 2018|Categories: Healthcare, Infection Control|0 Comments

C. Diff: What Is It & How to Stop the Spread of Infection

  Arm Yourself with Knowledge in the Fight Against Infection   If you have an infant or a family member who is immunocompromised or elderly, you may have heard doctors’ warnings about C. diff infection. But what is C. diff? How does someone get it? And why is it such a difficult infection to beat? Clostridium difficile, known as C. diff for short, is a dangerous bacterial infection. It can lead to some extremely uncomfortable and potentially dangerous symptoms and, unfortunately, it's also very expensive to treat. Here’s what you need to know to recognize C. diff right away and [...]