As 2015 draws to an end, it’s time to reflect back on the year. What were the events that shaped this past year? What did we learn and perhaps implement to improve our infection prevention programs? As I write this last blog for the year I realize that if I gave myself a bit more time I may have been witty enough to create a blog using the cadence of “T’was the Night Before Christmas”, “The 12 Days of Christmas” or better yet “Jingle Bells”. Alas (and perhaps for the best) I did not. Instead I want to share with you my 12 favorite blogs for the year.
- Mommy this water Tastes Funny
- Is there an animal in your family closet?
- How full is your bucket?
- Reading the Fine Print
- Do you know who cleans your clinical workstations
- Zombies – Do they exist in real life?
- Who’s the last man/women (girl) standing!
- Reasons to Read the Fine Print....
- Would you eat off of your desk?
- Is your antibacterial soap providing a false sense of security?
- Clean that room STAT!
- Do you know what humans, birds, pigs and dogs have in common
The topics span from discussions on how to ensure people (and children) do not get harmed by disinfectants or other chemicals, how quickly germs can spread, why we should not believe everything we hear and ensure we investigate and understand the true abilities of the products we use, the fact that time is not always of essence in cleaning and disinfection and a reminder that regardless of where we are, who we are or what we are we have more things in common then we often realize.
To quote from Dr. Seuss “And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
To put into the context of infection prevention, what if saving lives and reducing HAIs was not all about the quest for the silver bullet, focusing on what a product kills or who is or who is not doing their job? What if 2016 brings us wisdom, strength and courage? What if 2016 brings us the wisdom to realize that we cannot continue on with the status quo? What if 2016 gives us the strength to fight for what we know is right and courage to not back down in the face of adversity and put our patients and their lives first?
Wishing everyone a Happy Holidays! Thank you for reading our Talk Clean To Me blogs.
Bugging Off for 2015!