Wow. I find it hard to fathom that yet another year has flown by, and as I write this blog, Christmas is only 5 sleeps away. While saying goodbye to one year may be hard, I love looking back over the blogs that have been shared. They paint a story of what has transpired throughout the year, from emerging pathogens and new trends to areas we had not considered that are now becoming an infection prevention concern. They also highlight the breadth of interest you, the readers, have in the topics I’m sharing. Over 2019, Talk Clean to Me averaged over 3000 page views per month and for that I am grateful to you and your support and interest in reading and sharing the blogs each week.
As you can see from the top 10 Talk Clean to Me blogs for 2019, the topics are pretty varied! In David Letterman style, let’s count down to the most widely-read blog:
- False Sense of Security – looked at a study published in ICHE, which concluded that improper removal of PPE contaminated Healthcare Workers (HCWs) leads to self-contamination.
- Colleagues Contribution to Contagion – reviewed a report by the CDC that investigated infectious diseases in workplaces.
- Warm Weather Weight Loss – warned readers that at least a dozen US residents returning from Tijuana, Mexico, were diagnosed with infections caused by an antibiotic-resistant form of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria.
- Smartphone or Toilet Seat, which would you Kiss? – talked to a study that found that 1 in every 6 phones have poop on them and asked you how many phones you have touched or used.
- Best Before, Not Bad After – talked about expiry dates and the use of disinfectants.
- It’s So Fluffy! - warned owners not to kiss and snuggle your pet hedgehog as a result of a Salmonella outbreak affecting eight states.
- Worms and Germs – warned residents on the west side of Lake Ontario that a tapeworm, Echinococcus multilocularis, wasn't thought to be present in Ontario until five sick dogs has been found in their area.
- Sick Spring Puppies – discussed a report of brucellosis associated with dogs adopted from a rescue in southwestern Ontario.
- The Horror of Hand Dryers – read the blog, but just stay away from them!
- How Dirty is Your Money – is perfect for this time of year if you use cash to pay for Christmas gifts!
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 2020 brings us the wisdom to realize that we cannot continue on with the status quo? What if 2020 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!
Bugging Off for 2019!