Month: April 2019

30 Apr 2019

Importance of Handwashing

One of the most underappreciated, yet possibly the most efficient way of killing germs and stopping the spread of bacteria is by simply washing your hands. Approximately 1 in 25 patients in hospitals are affected by healthcare-associated infections, according to the CDC, leading to about 75,000 patient deaths a year. Not only does a lack of hand hygiene increase the risk of patients contracting an infection but the health-care provider also puts themselves at risk. Health Care works are constantly exposed to organisms carrying Staphylococcus Aureus, Clostridium Difficile, MRSA and gram-negative bacteria. In addition, contact with sick patients is not the only way of contracting infections, but also through contact with surfaces in a patient’s’ environments and contaminated patients’ charts. It is recommended that healthcare workers clean their hands before patient contact, before aseptic task, after bodily fluid exposure, after patient contact, and after contact with patient surroundings. These are the five moments of hand hygiene outlined by WHO, the World Health Organization. Luckily, most…

25 Apr 2019

World Malaria Day

First off, Happy World Malaria Day! A day that allows us to recognize all those globally who have worked tirelessly to find a cure for Malaria. In 2016, there were an estimated 216 million cases of Malaria leading to about 445,000 deaths, according to the CDC. Ninety percent of those cases were present in the WHO African Region. Fortunately, from 2010 to 2016 the mortality rate for malaria has been cut by nearly 25%, which is a step in the right direction. The disease continues to prove detrimental to the lives of individuals living in poorer tropical and subtropical areas of the world. In many of these countries, Malaria is the leading cause of death, especially impacting young children, who have weak immune systems, and pregnant women, whose immune systems have been weakened by pregnancy. The mosquito, Anopheles gambiae complex, is a major transmitter of the disease while the parasite species, Plasmodium falciparum, is the species most likely to cause severe Malaria cases and/or death….