Cleaning crews in schools are just like their counterparts in hospitals on the front lines of the war on disease. Cleaning Schools for Health, Not for Appearance discusses this in some detail. How schools are cleaned can and will impact the health of all building occupants, including students and faculty. Hygiene is involves much more than seemingly clean surfaces.
Creating Healthy Indoor Air Quality in Schools is a comprehensive piece put out by the Environmental Protection Agency, focusing largely on surface hygiene. The EPA has created apps and a series of webinars outlining the threat of poor air quality. The air-surface interfaces in schools also impact air quality.
An evaluation of the impact of flooring types on exposures to fine and coarse particles within the residential micro-environment using CONTAM notes that walking across the floor will aerosolize particles on the floor and put them back into the air. If those particles are viruses or bacteria, it creates the threat of infection. If it is dirt, pollen or chemicals, the risk moves toward asthma triggers.
Hand hygiene is and always will remain critical to controlling infection. Proper hand hygiene will impact the health of staff and students. Effects of Hand Hygiene Campaigns on Incidence of Laboratory-confirmed Influenza and Absenteeism in Schoolchildren, Cairo, Egypt studies the effectiveness of intense hand hygiene.
Reducing Absenteeism From Gastrointestinal and Respiratory Illness in Elementary School Students: A Randomized, Controlled Trial of an Infection-Control Intervention concludes that “A multifactorial intervention including hand sanitizer and surface disinfection reduced absenteeism caused by gastrointestinal illness in elementary school students. Norovirus was found less often on classroom surfaces in the intervention group. Schools should consider adopting these practices to reduce days lost to common illnesses.”
Clean air, hands and surfaces will impact the health of your employees, volunteers and students. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Infection control is for everybody, even schools.
Schools remain a hot spot for community-acquired infection. All parents remember sending their kids to school for the first time. Weeks later, the family falls ill to the latest and greatest bug moving through the school system. It is important to consider using all the tools available to prevent and control the spread of infection and illness to reduce absences of staff and students and make the learning environment as positive as possible. Below are links that illustrate some of the problems schools and other facilities face as well as potential methods to reduce infection risks.
Effects of Hand Hygiene Campaigns on Incidence of Laboratory-confirmed Influenza and Absenteeism in Schoolchildren, Cairo, Egypt: This intensive hand hygiene intervention was effective in reducing transmission of influenza among schoolchildren and was feasible and acceptable. . . . Identifying strategies that provide national, long-term, cost-effective alternatives to promote hand hygiene is critical in preventing transmission of diarrheal diseases and emerging respiratory viruses of pandemic potential.
Locker Rooms Front Line Of MRSA Defense: Eyewitness News 5’s Kimberly Lohman takes you inside the University of Oklahoma football locker room, which is a front-line of defense against an aggressive “superbug.”
Health Day takes a look at a study that examined five years of data on skin infections among athletes in 22 high school sports. Nearly 74 percent of skin infections occurred among wrestlers, and just under 18 percent among football players, the investigators found. Skin Infections Common in High School Wrestlers, Study Finds: Germs on mats, helmets are likely culprits, but skin checks and hygiene might help cut risk, experts say. Mats and headgear are likely sources among wrestlers.
Characterization of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus Isolates from Fitness Centers in Memphis Metropolitan Area, USA characterizes Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolates from fitness Center in metropolitan Memphis.
Indoor Air Quality and Health: Managing Asthma for Improved Health and Academic Performance is an enlightening piece at YouTube.