Fight Flu Season: Special Pricing on Disinfectants, Hand Soaps & Sanitizers

This past weekend marked the official start to the Fall season, and along with the onset of cooler weather and changing scenery comes a less fortunate seasonal occurrence—flu season. According to the CDC, flu activity begins to increase in the months of October and November, and activity peaks typically between December and February. That said, there are preventative actions—and products—that can help you fight this flu season, and we’re here to help.

“Preventative actions to stop the spread of germs” is one of CDC’s “Take 3 Actions to Fight the Flu” in 2018. Some of those preventative actions include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water; and if soap and water are not available, using an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

In the context of work, what other preventative measures does the CDC recommend to stop the spread of germs, such as those that cause the flu? A few of those include:

  • Finding out about your employer’s plans if an outbreak of the flu or another illness occurs, as well as whether flu vaccinations are offered on-site.
  • Routinely cleaning objects and surfaces that are frequently touched, including doorknobs, keyboards, and phones, to help remove germs.
  • Making sure your workplace has an adequate supply of tissues, soap, paper towels, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and disposable wipes.

In line with these recommendations and in preparation for the upcoming flu season, we’re holding a special promotion on a variety of disinfectants, cleaners, hand soaps and sanitizers—all from trusted industry brands like Purell, Lysol, Dial, and Clorox!

BUT HURRY – Promotional pricing only lasts through September 30, 2018, so don’t miss your chance to stock up on these essentials to effectively fight the flu this season!

For more information on this special or to place an order, please call +(313)924-0696, email mail@amerisourcesupply.com, or fill out the form below!

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Stop The Spread – Clean and Contain Nursing Home laundry

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Stop The Spread – Clean and Contain

Nursing Homes: Failure to sterilize linens can become an incubator for the spread of Bacteria and may cause infections in residents, personnel who work at the facility and family and friends who come to visit.

Nursing homes, other health care and extended living operations can produce 2,500 lbs. of dirty laundry a day.  Sheets with blood, urine, feces and other bodily fluids are routinely washed with other, less contaminated items.

To ensure laundry is clean and sanitized key steps are necessary in the processing of Linens.  Housekeeping and laundry personnel need to wear gloves, goggles and any other types of protective equipment and clothing.  Coveralls made of TYVEK will give you the flexibility and durability you require to perform all your functions while being protected.  This step is vital when handling, transporting, sorting and washing soiled linens.  When collecting and transporting soiled linen, handle it as little as possible and with minimum contact to avoid accidental injury and the spread of microorganisms.  Carry linens in covered containers or plastic bags to prevent spills and splashes and confine the soiled linen to a designated area.

Recommended Personal Protective Equipment for Processing LinenTYPE OF PPE WHEN TO WEAR

Gloves and closed shoes that protect feet from dropped items and spilled blood and body fluids, Goggles and protective TYVEK Coverall are all suggested to be added to your cleaning wardrobe.  You should protect yourself when you are involved in the following cleaning steps.

  • Handling disinfectant solutions
  • Collecting and handling soiled linen
  • Transporting soiled linen
  • Sorting soiled linen
  • Hand washing soiled linen
  • Loading automatic washers
  • Plastic or rubber apron and protective eye-wear
  • Sorting soiled linen
  • Hand washing soiled linen
  • Loading automatic washers

Do not do any sorting or washing of soiled linens in areas where patients live or come in contact with.  Establish an area that has adequate ventilation and physical barriers (walls) between the clean and soiled linen areas.  Safe sorting is extremely important.  Bedding from patient’s rooms may contain blood –stained or wet with other body fluids.  Washing and drying all linen items used in the direct care of a resident must be thoroughly washed before reuse.  Decontamination prior to washing is not necessary, unless linen is heavily soiled.  Using Amerisource ONYX, our break detergent will help you handle the most difficult soiled linens.  You can also add bleach about 2 to 3 table spoons will do it, using our OPAL De-Strainer and Sanitizer.

Remember throughout this process make sure if at any time you take your gloves off make sure you wash your hands.

When the linens are clean they are ready to be stored in a clean storage area, keep shelves clean and handle the stored linen as little as possible.  During transportation back to the resident the linens should be wrapped or covered to avoid any contamination.  Do not leave extra linen in a room, avoid shaking linen as it may release dust and lint into the room also clean soiled mattresses before putting linen on them.

It is important that care be taken when you are handling the needs and heath of the elderly.  All of us some day will depend on someone else to maintain a clean environment for us.

FLU – Influenza – Colds – Preventing the Spread

 

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It happens around this time every year. The sore throats, runny noses and coughs that herald the start of the flu season.

Up to 20 percent of the U.S. population gets the seasonal flu annually. More than 200,000 are hospitalized with flu-related complications, and 36,000 people in the country die from flu-related causes.

The uncertain severity and timing of seasonal flu activity means that schools, businesses and workplaces need to prepare for higher absenteeism rates, along with cases of presenteeism – when someone goes to work or school while sick, leading to productivity declines and the possibility of spreading illness to others.

Fortunately, there are several things facility managers and building services contractors can do to help prepare building occupants for the upcoming flu season. Education is the first step.

Stopping the Spread of Germs

Flu viruses spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing. Sometimes, people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. In fact, some germs can live for two hours or ore on surfaces like doorknobs, desks, and tables.

Did you know…
-The average desk harbors 20,961 germs per square inch: 400 times more than the average toilet seat.
-You can reduce 77 percent of the bacteria on your hands just by drying them with paper towels.
-More germs are spread by shaking hands than by kissing.
-Following handshaking, successive transmission of virus from one person to another can happen 6 times.

Consider instituting a Healthy Workplace campaign, with letters to building occupants and posters in prominent locations detailing recommendations from health experts like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which advocates the following tips to help stop the spread of germs:

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough. It’s best to cough or sneeze into a tissue, which should be thrown away after it is used, or into one’s sleeve. If you sneeze or cough into your hands, be sure to clean your hands afterward – every time you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean your hands often. When possible, use soap and warm water and rub hands vigorously together for 15 to 20 seconds, scrubbing all surfaces of the hands to dislodge and remove germs. When soap and water aren’t available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used. If using a gel, rub the gel into your hands until they are dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick (and for at least 24 hours after fever is gone) and check with a health care provider when needed. Keeping your distance from others may protect them from getting sick.

Facility Issues
Educating building occupants about how to prevent the spread of flu is only one step. You’ll also need to make sure you have the right infection control tools for the job. That means stocking workstations and public areas with plenty of facial tissue. Anti-viral facial tissue is now available for this purpose. In addition, you should install wall-mounted or free-standing dispensers for alcohol gel hand sanitizers throughout your facility. It’s also important to make sure restrooms don’t run out of hand soap and paper towels, and that sufficient numbers of no-touch disposal receptacles are provided for used hand towels and used facial tissue.

When stockpiling items like hand soaps and cleaning supplies, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration recommends being aware of each product’s shelf life and storage conditions (e.g., avoid areas that are damp or have temperature extremes) and incorporating product rotation (e.g., consume oldest supplies first) into your stockpile management program.

According to the CDC, business and employers, in general, can play a key role in protecting employees’ health and safety, as well as limiting the negative impact of influenza outbreaks on the individual, the community, and the nation’s economy. Facility professionals should be on the front lines in the war against the flu and other germs in their facility. A combination of education and effective flu-prevention tools and practices will put facilities and their occupants in a good position to avoid the brunt of the flu this season.

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Flu – Influenza – H1N1

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Flu Season Tips

  1. Wash Hands Frequently and thoroughly with high quality hand soap
    1. Sanitize after contact
  2. Try not to touch your face

  1. Sneeze into your sleeve or tissue
  2. Stay home 24 hours after fever ends
  3. If at high risk get vaccinated

  1. Disinfect hi touch  hard surfaces daily with high quality Disinfectant
    1. Phone
    2. Door Handles
    3. Desk top
    4. Car Steering wheel

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Understanding and Dealing with MRSA

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The Basics — What Is It And Where It Is Found?   

Disturbing, frightening and seemingly relentless, MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) has haunted the consciousness of the nation. Like a modern-day plague, MRSA, a type of bacterial “staph” infection resistant to commonly used antibiotics, has prompted the concern of health officials, business owners and the general public due to its increasing spread, adaptability and virtual defiance of conventional treatments.   Staph bacteria is so ubiquitous that many of us unknowingly carry it “colonized” on our bodies —it resides on the skin or in the nasal passages of nearly 30 percent of the population. This common bacteria can mutate into a viable threat in hospitals and other healthcare environments when staph takes advantage of insect bites, skin abrasions, cuts and surgical incision avenues into the body to cause pneumonia, wound, bloodstream or urinary tract infections in patients with weakened immune systems.    

 

First discovered in 1961, these MRSA infections are fiercely resistant to usually reliable beta antibiotics such as methicillin, oxacillin, penicillin and amoxicillin. In rare cases, mild skin infections featuring boils or pimples can transform lactams into necrotizing fasciitis (“flesh eating”) bacterial infections that can spread with horrifying speed and result in amputations or death.     

Currently, the majority of MRSA cases are in Healthcare settings. According to an October 2007 study published in “The Journal of the American Medical Association” (JAMA), approximately 85% of invasive MRSA infections occur in these environments, while 14% are categorized as community-associated (CA-MRSA) infections, or in those individuals lacking the risk factors associated with healthcare environments. As outlined in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, more individuals died from MRSA in 2005 than from AIDS.    

Transmission and Vulnerability     

MRSA is transmitted primarily from the colonized hand of a patient or healthcare worker who did not properly wash their hands. Swollen, red and pus-filled areas from surgical incisions or skin irritations characterize the skin of infected individuals. It can also reside in hair-covered regions such as the back of the neck or the groin, and is frequently mistaken fora spider bite. CA-MRSA, on the other hand, is usually transmitted via skin cuts and abrasions in environments where there is predominantly close-quarter human contact— everywhere from airports to military bases, gymnasiums, locker rooms, pool areas, ball fields,
day care centers and penitentiaries. A common risk factor is the sharing of towels, razors and other personal hygiene products. According to the CDC, individuals over age 65 are especially vulnerable to MRSA and CA-MRSA, and culturally, records show that black people appear to experience infections at twice the rate of caucasions.    

Regrettably, MRSA is gaining strength outside of healthcare settings and had found its way into the community. One only has to consult the mainstream media to discover CA-MRSA outbreaks among competitive sports teams from the high school to the professional level. The infection has affected professional sports players and has contributed to the deaths of high school and college athletes across the country. In addition to the risk factor of close contact associated with sports, the sharing of equipment or clothing may also be a contributor.   
  
 What If You Think You Have It?    
The bottom line is that if you have a skin cut, abrasion or something that looks like a spider bite or even a pimple that is not responding to conventional first aid methods or over-the-counter medications, you should consult your physician immediately. Even though MRSA and CA-MRSA are frequently resistant to antibiotics, your physician can devise a treatment strategy utilizing a variety of medications that can be adjusted or augmented. If you are already under a physician’s care for an infection, pay particular attention to the effectiveness of the medication. If you notice that the infection is getting worse, or if you start running a fever or have trouble breathing, contact your physician immediately. If you have a condition that lowers your immunity, you are at a higher risk of MRSA and CA-MRSA infection. If you think that you might have an infection, contact your physician immediately.    

It’s also important to keep in mind that you should avoid asking your physician for antibiotic treatments for a simple cold or flu. Increasingly, the medical community is coming to the realization that MRSA and CA-MRSA are resistant to conventional antibiotics due to the over prescribing of such medications.  
 
Prevention — Cleaning Up Your Act    
Now that you understand the dangers of MRSA and CA-MRSA in more detail, your emphasis should be on avoiding infection and outbreaks by practicing common sense and good personal hygiene. This advice, based on recommendations by the CDC and healthcare professionals is not solely applicable to individuals. If you hold a position of responsibility with a business or concern where close human contact is frequent, you should pay particular attention to the following recommendations:    

 

  • Make sure your hands are clean by thorough and frequent washing with soap and warm water or by using a alcohol-based hand sanitizer and/or antimicrobial cleanser- especially after chaning bandages or touching wounds.
  • Take your time washing your hands — it should take as long as it takes for you to recite the alphabet 
  • Constantly clean cuts and scrapes and cover them with bandages until they are healed 
  • Discard any soiled bandages and used adhesive tape 
  • Avoid contact with the wounds and bandages of others, if possible 
  • Shower immediately after exercise, athletic practice or competitions 
  • Do not share or tolerate the sharing of personal items such as towels, razors, bar soap or deodorant
  •  Immediately wash soiled towels, sheets and clothes with laundry detergent and dry them on the hot dryer setting to kill bacteria
  •  Wipe equipment surfaces with a disinfectant thoroughly after use 
  • If you think you have an infection, contact your physician immediately
  • Maintain a cleaner environment though mandated cleaning procedures for frequently touched equipment and surfaces thereof 
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