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.

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MRSA: An Invisible Opponent to Collegiate Athletes
MRSA: An Invisible Opponent to Collegiate Athletes

6/4/2019

By Tori Kinamon

Former Student Athlete, MRSA Survivor

I remember looking out of a hospital window and seeing my college campus on the other side of the highway-- I was supposed to be there, studying for exams and training for my next gymnastics competition -- but instead I was battling a limb-threatening methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection. Commonly described as a "superbug," MRSA is a type of bacteria resistant to antibiotics typically used to treat staph infections. This makes these infections particularly difficult to treat. I experienced this first-hand, as I had eight surgeries in 2 weeks, spent one month in the hospital, three months recovering at home, and finally embarked on a six-month journey back to collegiate athletics.

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Canadian Patient Safety Week 2018
Infection Prevention Measures Are Critical for Keeping Patients Safe

10/29/2018

By Tonette Hershman

Senior Marketing Manager, GOJO Canada

Maintaining safety precautions and preventing infections for patients in hospitals and healthcare facilities everywhere is of critical importance. In the United States, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one in every 25 patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection on any given day and that these infections will cause death in one in nine of these patients. Similarly, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) has found that 220,000 people are afflicted with healthcare-associated infections in Canada every year, and 8,000 to 12,000 of those individuals will die as a result of acquiring a healthcare-associated infection.

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Your Top 7 Questions About PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer Answered
Your Top 7 Questions About PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer Answered

7/25/2018

By Samantha Williams

Director of Public Relations, GOJO Industries

Hand hygiene, which includes washing your hands with soap and water and using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, like PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer, is one of the most important measures we can all take to reduce the spread of germs that can cause illness. Yet, oftentimes, questions may arise around using alcohol-based hand sanitizers. With that in mind, we have taken the most common questions and answered them for you.

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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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Skin Microbiome Visual Abstract
How Much Does the Skin Microbiome Change Over Time?

7/14/2016

By Julia Oh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor at the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine

Like a forest, plain or desert, our skin has different ecologies. We have oily sites like our face and torso, dry sites like our hands and forearms, and moist sites like our feet and armpits. And all over our skin, we have tremendous numbers of microbes—bacteria, fungi and viruses that make up what is called the skin microbiome.

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