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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Cholera Comes to Canada


Yes, you read that correctly. Cholera and Canada are not words you read together with any frequency these days. In the 1800’s, Cholera killed at least 20,000. Today in my province we may see one case per year and even then, all cases have been found to be as a result of being exposed to cholera in a country where it is endemic.  

Cholera is caused by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with fecal matter. The infection can result in nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and even lead to extreme dehydration and death. While there have not been any reported deaths, this is exactly what has happened in Canada’s most western province, British Columbia (BC).  While not a huge number, at least four people have been infected with cholera last week.  It is believed that the illness is tied to eating herring eggs that were harvested on the coast of Vancouver Island. 

Herring and herring eggs have always been an important part of the BC fishery. On the coast, herring eggs are gathered using hemlock branches, seaweed or on kelp. They are nutritious and delicious and are part of an important industry for many coastal communities.  For many, herring egg season is often highly anticipated with people waiting on the docks for their first taste of the season.

Unfortunately this year, shortly after spawning and collection of the eggs, a public warning was issued by health authorities after four confirmed cases of cholera on Vancouver Island linked to the consumption of herring eggs.  The warning advises people not to eat herring eggs from French Creek to Qualicum Bay on the east coast of Vancouver Island and as a result of the warning, the Department of Fisheries has issued an emergency closure of herring egg harvest in the area. The outbreak is associated only with eating herring eggs laid in marine environments such as those deposited on kelp, not herring eggs harvested directly from fish. The bacteria that causes cholera is not killed by freezing so people are being asked to have their herring eggs tested before eating.

Thankfully, no new cases of cholera have been identified, but this outbreak highlights the fact that our oceans, lakes and rivers are under pressure from our abuse and misuse.  We need to pull up our socks and treat our resources with respect because if we don’t, they will bite back!


Bugging Off!

Nicole

Friday, March 23, 2018

When best laid plans get ruined…


I recently read a social post “I’m a perfectionist with a procrastinator complex. Someday I’m going to be awesome!”. I really wish I was witty enough to come up with these types of sayings, but am so thankful that someone is and that someone is just like me! I like to be organized. I like to be perfect and without a doubt I love to procrastinate. I tell myself I work better under pressure...

This week I was organized. I knew exactly what the topic of this week’s blog was going to be. I knew it on Monday. Tuesday, I could have written the blog but decided to wait until Thursday as that’s when I usually write it. Well….last night was spent in the hospital with my son.  Nothing too serious and readily handled with a nebulizer treatment and prednisone.  He’s back at school today with a note to the teacher apologizing if he’s a bit hyper. If you’ve not experienced a child (or me for that matter) on prednisone, it can be akin to someone drinking a can (or two) of Red Bull or any other energy drink.

So while I had a great blog topic (UVC disinfection of the soles of shoes), last night I had fun doing a mini-audit of infection prevention practices. There were a few breaches as one would unfortunately expect around PPE use and hand hygiene. I may have loitered in the hall surreptitiously observing the environmental staff going about their duties and am happy to say they were very thorough in their cleaning processes!  Kudos to them! 

I may also consider the disinfection of shoe soles in a different light (pun intended) after watching where my son walked and where the bottoms of his shoes ended up! You’ll just have to wait until next week to read about it!


Bugging Off!

Nicole


Friday, March 16, 2018

#TBT but on a Fri-Yay: V-logging anyone?

Blogging is all about inspiration. Some weeks I have a topic and it speaks to me, while other weeks the topic and I just don’t jive.  This week I had the perfect topic considering I landed back home after a week away on a combo work and vacation trip with enough time to get most of the laundry done, pack up and jump back on a plane.  It was about the dirtiest things in airports. That topic is going to have to wait.

Today I was searching for something and I came across one of the videos I did a few years back for ISSA.  The video is a condensed version of a 45 minute presentation.  The presentation “How cleaning can control infection…..and costs” discusses just how much infectious diseases such as influenza cost society each year.  I briefly provide an explanation of how cleanliness not only saves lives, but can save money and share four scientific best practices that can be used to strengthen your argument, when you are trying to convince others that decontamination is not a cost, but an investment.

The reason I’m sharing the video is that I’ve recently toyed with adding V-logs (video blogs) to Talk Clean To Me. The reason I haven’t is like most people I hate watching myself. I’m my own worst enemy when it comes to be self-critical.  I notice if my mouth moves funny, my necklace is crooked, I think I look old – you name it I’ve likely thought it.  Here’s the video – go ahead, critique away!


If you like the video and the idea of an occasional Vlog let me know!  If there’s enough interest I’ll start putting some together…but only if I shoot my good side!


Bugging Off!

Nicole

Friday, March 2, 2018

#FF Spring in like a Lion


If you live in an area where winter equates to cold and snow, there really is nothing better than seeing your first robin and hearing the twittering of birds in the morning.  Spring is a time of renewal and growth. It’s a time to watch nature come alive with budding trees and blooming flowers, but it’s also a time when we tend to shake off the winter blahs. We feel alive and want to refresh our lives. Your refresh may come in the shape of purging closets to make way for your spring/summer wardrobe, a spring tune up for your car and removal of winter tires, hitting the gym to lose the extra pounds that somehow showed up or waking up your brain with a little education.

As noted in past blogs, the Teleclass Education by Webber Training is an international lecture series on topics related to infection prevention and control. The objective is to bring the best possible education to the widest possible audience with the fewest possible barriers when trying to access it.  Here's the list of teleclasses that may help you clear out the winter cobwebs!

Date
Title of Teleclass
Speaker
Jan 18th
Using the right model to calculate the financial implications of Clostridium difficile infection
Dr. Mairead Skally, Ireland
Jan 24th
Global infection prevention and control priorities 2018-2022: A call for action
Prof. Benedetta Allegranzi, Switzerland
Jan 25th
Practical approaches for monitoring cleaning in healthcare facilities
Prof. Curtis Donskey, USA
Feb 8th
Patients are your partners – why and how this partnership works
Judy Birdsell, Kim Neudorf, Ioana Popescu, Canada
Feb 15th
Refugee Health: A new perspective for infection prevention and control
Prof. Ruth Carrico, USA
Feb 21st
Improving the knowledge and receptiveness of medical students towards hand hygiene: Exploring new approaches
Dr. Rajneesh Kaur, Australia
Feb 22nd
Root cause analysis to support infection control in healthcare premises
Dr. Anne-Gaëlle Venier, France
Feb 28th
Why leadership matters for effective infection prevention and control
Julie Storr, Switzerland
March 8th
Infection prevention in nursing homes and palliative care
Prof. Patricia Stone, USA
March 14th
Climate change and the impact on infectious diseases
Prof. Mark Birch, New Zealand
March 15th
Clostridium difficile asymptomatic carriers: The hidden part of the iceberg
Dr. Yves Longtin, Canada
March 22nd
Challenges and facilitators to nurse-driven antibiotic stewardship: Results from a multisite qualitative study
Prof. Eileen J. Carter, USA


For more information on Webber Training, including a full list of the upcoming Infection Prevention and Control Teleclasses, please visit www.webbertraining.com

I hope many of you will take the opportunity to listen to these teleclasses and share them with your colleagues!  And don’t worry if the date you see above has passed!  All teleclasses are recorded and available to listen to at your leisure!


Bugging Off!

Nicole