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Friday, January 12, 2018

Spoil Yourself by Considering Spa and Salon Safety

My sister-in-law and I decided that for Christmas we would treat ourselves to some girl time. An afternoon out and about that included some pampering in the form of a manicure and pedicure. As I was travelling to my home town in South-Western Ontario, I let her organize the location for said pampering, albeit with a little trepidation of not knowing what type of infection prevention was being followed. As it turned out, the aesthetician is a long-time friend of our family and she was in fact going to cancel my mani & pedi because she’d seen one of my social posts about having Norovirus! The long and the short is that I assured her I was fine and she assured me after chatting about her reprocessing procedures and fact she uses a basin and not a circulating tub for the pedicures! 

It always amazes me how life works. Serendipity, happenstance or coincidence – call it what you will, things happen for a reason and when it comes to infection prevention, it has been my experience that after talking about the importance of cleaning and disinfection, an outbreak or advisory notice of some sort invariably comes across my news feed that highlights the point I was making or solidifies my belief that ignorance is not bliss and that if we want to live a long, happy and healthy life, we need to be educated, ask questions and put ourselves first.

Case in point, just yesterday a story hit the news about an advisory from the Middlesex-London Health Unit (South-Western Ontario area) about a salon that had been cited with repeated infection control infractions and the report of a client who had tested positive for a blood-borne infection.  The Health Unit has stated that clients who obtained services at the salon may have been put at an increased risk of contracting a blood-borne infection.

Now, before we all start panicking and swearing off manicures, pedicures, tattoos or facials, the risk of acquiring a blood-borne infection is low. Inadequate infection prevention practices such as improper reprocessing of equipment can result in the potential transmission of blood-borne infections as well as common skin infections such as MRSA. The long and the short is that as a consumer you need to educate yourself on what questions to ask and what practices (present or absent) to look out for in order to keep yourself safe and healthy.  While I hate to say it, money talks and generally speaking, higher end spas and salons put more emphasis on infection prevention measures. I realize the choice of location is personal so to keep you healthy, the following are a couple of great check lists to refer to before your next appointment!


As I said in my blog last week, you never know when the next outbreak might pop up!  You can also be assured that this advisory will not stop me from enjoying spa services.  It just reminds me the importance of asking questions before “handing” myself over to be pampered!


Bugging Off!


Nicole

Friday, January 5, 2018

What’s your New Year’s Resolution?

After the last couple of days, I think mine may be to not get so excited when I see that Norovirus and Influenza are ramping up…..   Why do I get excited?  Well, I’m in the cleaning and disinfection business.  Environmental surfaces, fomites and let’s face it, when it comes to Norovirus, anywhere our hands will touch has the potential to spread that nasty virus.  Why after the last couple of days?  Well, as they say “Karma’s a witch”.  I got bit by Noro, but on the bright side, I have successfully lost any weight I gained from consuming sweet treats over the Christmas Holidays! 

As we enter the 7th year of Talk Clean To Me, I would like to reflect back on the hundreds of blogs that have been shared and the dialogue with many of you that has started as a result of reading them.  One would think that the topic of cleaning and disinfection would get stale after a while.  What I have learned in my almost 15 years in the industry is that we never know what is around the next corner.  

If I look just at the last several weeks, there have been updates on the rising Flu cases across Canada and the US, cruise ships being hit by Norovirus, virtually a total ban on Romaine lettuce due to E. coli (seriously – skip the Caesar salads until Health Canada says it’s safe), Salmonellosis in Australia linked to a bakery, Avian Influenza cropping up in numerous countries causing millions upon millions of poultry to be culled, Leptospirosis in Colorado and scrub typhus has turned out to be the 2nd most frequent infectious disease in parts of India after dengue. Of course these are just the highlights of the “cool” outbreaks and do not touch on any of the science that is being published about new disinfectant technologies, surfaces or issues with reprocessing surfaces, materials or devices.

The long and the short is that 2018 promises to continue to provide great fodder for blogs and of course we never know when or where the newest pathogen will arrive and with that what we need to do to keep ourselves safe and healthy!  I hope that Talk Clean To Me will continue to be a source of education and entertainment!

Until next week, I have some surfaces I need to disinfectant to get rid of my highly contagious virus that is a “great” jump start to my winter weight loss program!


Bugging Off!


Nicole