How To Keep Your Medical Practice Free Of Infectious Pathogens

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By Veselina Dzhingarova

didyouknow?Maintain a state of the art waiting area for your patients featuring chairs with non-porous surfaces and plenty of trash receptacles to keep your office cleaner. Instruct your workers to wipe down all areas with antibacterial wipes to help prevent germs from replicating and spreading to other areas. Unfortunately, some illnesses spread quickly, even in the cleanest of medical facilities. Working with an infection control consultant will aid you in identifying potential hazards within your workplace as well as managing outbreaks before they become detrimental to your business. Remember that hiring a team of healthcare professionals who know how to treat patients is one thing but keeping your medical practice free of pathogens requires a different type of expert.

Analyzing the Risk of an Outbreak

Your medical practice may have signs posted to help inform patients and staff of their duty to clean up after themselves, but it only takes one person being infected for an outbreak to emerge. Consider how quickly pathogens can spread after someone uses the facilities and fails to wash their hands. Those germs can be spread to the furniture and even your examination rooms over the course of just one or two hours. Infection control consultants can help you in identifying how bad a potential outbreak would be at your medical facility given your current practices. That information can also be used to prevent future contamination and the spread of dangerous pathogens.

Preventing Contamination

Installing equipment such as touch-less paper towel dispensers and toilets that automatically flush could be the key to stopping contaminants from being spread at your medical facilities. The suggestions that are given to you by an infection control consultant will be personalized and based on the size and specific structure of your practice. Medical facilities that are used to treat and care for pregnant women or the elderly, for example, may be urged to take additional precautions as the people they serve are more at risk.

Monitoring the Cleanliness of Your Facilities

After getting an assessment, you will need to have your facility checked to ensure that there is little risk of a serious outbreak. Cultures may be taken from various surfaces to check for pathogens and your staff may even be surveyed on the level of cleanliness at your business. Whether assessments are continuous or infrequent, it is vital that your medical facility is looked after by someone who specializes in infectious disease risk factors. One particularly bad flu season could lead to an outbreak in your practice, sickening your staff and causing you to temporarily shut down. Whenever you have questions about pathogens and infectious diseases you should go to a consulting firm that can give you specialized advice.

No amount of hand sanitizer is going to rid your medical facilities of all germs and pathogens, but you can still keep the risk of outbreak very low. Keep up to date on the spread of diseases in your region so that you can act fast before a crisis develops. Most importantly, maintain good cleaning habits that are streamlined to work with your particular medical specialty.

Health: Practice Addition To Subtract Disease

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By Ann Musico

HealthWhen most people think about improving their health or losing weight, they naturally think about all the “bad” foods they love that they will have to eliminate from their diets. Even if they begin full steam ahead, sooner or later they think longingly about their favorite junk food. Allow those thoughts often enough and you set yourself up for failure. I have a different take on this. I believe that by gradually adding in healthier food choices, they will naturally crowd out the unhealthier ones.

For most of us, going on a strict diet of just vegetables and water is only going to last so long! Every commercial on TV is going to have your special favorite snack food and before very long you will throw up your hands, throw caution to the wind and the veggies and water will become a distant memory. Then you are back where you started.

I suggest making any changes very gradually. In this way you don’t become overwhelmed and frustrated and you are able to create a new normal, step by step. For example, why not just add in one fresh, raw salad daily. It could be part of your lunch or your dinner. Then when others are having French fries, you will have added in that healthy and delicious salad. It will be so filling and satisfying you won’t even miss the French fries.

Do this for a few weeks and you will have created a new normal for yourself. By adding in one healthy food choice, you eliminated one very unhealthy one pretty easily. Let’s go another step further. Once a daily salad becomes a habit for you, you might decide to carry a small baggie of raw nuts for those times when you are away from home and hunger pangs strike. Where you normally would’ve looked for a vending machine or bought some other processed snack food, you grab your baggie of nuts and find that they really satisfy your hunger – and much longer than cookies or candy ever did! Soon you find you’ve added another healthy habit and subtracted another one effortlessly!

saladplateThen you can experiment with seasonal fresh fruits when you normally would’ve grabbed a bowl of ice cream at night. Berries, peaches, pineapple, melons are all in season in the summertime and so sweet and delicious! You can make them into a fruit salad, combine them with plain Greek yogurt or make a delicious protein shake and you have added in more nutrition and subtracted empty calorie foods that sap your energy.

Math is not my strong suit but honestly, this simple kind of addition and subtraction is something I have no problem doing! Give it a try and see how much easier it is to add good things in than to focus on trying to subtract the unhealthy ones.

– Ann Musico is a holistic health coach who helps women, at every age, to exemplify lives of vibrant health and wholeness – spirit, soul and body. Her mission is to show women how to adopt a healthy lifestyle in a way that is simple and achievable, empowering them to take responsibility for their own health in order to be a positive influence on their families. You can visit her website at threedimensionalvitality.com

Building A Spiritual Practice

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By Diane Lang

thumbsupI started last week with the first 8 steps towards creating your spiritual practice. I hope you were as excited about this challenge as I’am.

This week I’m giving you more tips to keep you on your spiritual journey. Let me know how your doing?

Spiritual practice

1. Do I clear the mental clutter at least once a day by quieting my mind through various techniques like meditation, deep breathing, focusing on the present moment, being in nature, etc.

2. Do I observe the beauty all around me at any given time. In the fall we can notice the leaves falling, the different colors on the trees, feel the breeze in on our faces, feel the crispness in the air, etc.

3. Do I pay attention and enjoy the simple things in my life that bring me happiness on a daily basis such as the cuteness of my pet, the laughter of our kids, the first cup of coffee, seeing the sun shine through your window when you wake up, etc.

4. Do I pay it forward on a daily basis? each random act of kindness brings joy to others but also gives the giver a boost of happiness. What a win-win for everyone!

5. Gratitude – do I remind myself of all I have and feel the appreciation with it?

6. What do I eat? Am I putting healthy foods into my body? ” We are what we eat” is so true. Keep a food journal for a week and see what you eat and remember to be honest! You can really get an idea of why your body is running well or not by what your feeding it. Remember, your soul is protected by your body – treat it well!

7. Are you an inspiration/role models to others? Not just our own kids but everyone around you. Do you portray the type of person people feel inspired by?

8. You can stop the search for God/universe/higher power/source and instead remind yourself that its already within you and is all around you.

For more information please visit Diane’s website at: www.dlcounseling.com

…..or email Diane at Lifeline36@aol.com