Infection Control: A Growing Concern for Hospitals

Infection Control SiteEvery year, thousands of people lose their lives because of the spread of infections in hospitals. Even though staff takes every precaution to avoid infections, these problems still occur. Hospital acquired infections (HAIs) are an ongoing danger for patients and may increase morbidity, extend hospital stay, and require additional medication. At any given time, more than nine percent of patients have an infection acquired in hospitals.

Hospital-Acquired Infections Run Rampant

Statistics indicate that one in 25 patients develop hospital acquired infections. This type of infection occurs two or more days after admission into hospital or other healthcare facilities. It is estimated that more than 1.7 million HAIs occurred in the last 15 years, from which 99,000 have led to death of patients. Most people develop urinary tract infections, bloodstream infections, clostridium difficile infections, surgical site infections, bacterial infections, and pneumonia during hospitalization.

All healthcare facilities have infection control procedures. Even so, these problems are extremely common and affect patients of all ages. In 2011, approximately 722,000 people developed an infection while in the hospital. More than 75,000 of them died because of it. This means that hospital acquired infections kill over 205 patients every day. It’s no wonder why infection control is a growing concern for hospitals.

How Dangerous Are Hospital-Acquired Infections?

Also known as nosocomial infections, these health issues are typically caused by bacterial growth, poorly prepared or sterilized medical devices, and poor hygiene. Low rated hospitals place patients at greater risk compared to five-star rated healthcare facilities. According to researchers, the most common bacteria associated with nosocomial infections include E. coli, Klebsiella, Staphylococcus aureus, and C. difficile. Many patients have survived deadly diseases and complex surgery, but died from a hospital-acquired infection.

This problem costs the U.S. over 9.8 billion each year, and represents a major burden both for the patient and for public health. Hospital acquired infections occur in developed and resource-poor countries alike, especially in the South-East Asia and Eastern Mediterranean  regions. The highest prelevance is in acute surgical wards and intensive care units. Older patients as well as those undergoing chemotherapy face the greatest risk.

Nosocomial infections increase the emotional stress and functional disability of the patients, worsening his symptoms. Many times, they can lead to disabling conditions that affect quality of life. The development of hospital acquired infections is influenced by various factors, such as the exposure to viruses, fungi, and bacteria, poorly maintained healthcare settings, waterborne bacteria, patient susceptibility, and bacterial resistance. At the same time, antibiotics are becoming less and less effective.

These health issues may also occur when health care providers don’t practice good hygiene regularly. For example, nurses move from one patient to the next, spreading pathogens. Viruses and bacteria can be also transmitted to the patient by contaminated items, such as medical devices, water, food, and drugs. Rats, flies, and mosquitoes may cause infections too. Although there is no way to prevent hospital-acquired infections altogether, it is possible to reduce their occurrence by implanting quality assurance and quality control measures to the health care sectors.

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Holistic Sports Dentistry

Natural caduceus conceptConventional sports dentistry focuses on treating and preventing athletic injuries to the face and teeth. This focus tends to be somewhat limited. Holistic sports dentistry goes beyond preventing and treating injury and focuses on the impact that dental procedures and materials can have on the athlete’s overall well-being.

Holistic dentistry is an approach that considers many different factors when deciding on a course of action. Holistic dentists are focused on overall health that acknowledges a connection between oral and overall health. The connection is significant because oral health has a direct influence on overall health. Diagnosis and appropriate corrective treatment is vital not only to the health of the teeth but also to the health of the body.

A holistic sports dentist evaluates jawbone and bite imbalances, as these can influence the entire skeleton. Holistic dentists are also aware of possible toxic effects of some more commonly used dental materials, including mercury from silver amalgam fillings, fluoride, root canals, periodontitis, and cavities.

When injuries are severe, treatment options may include root canals, crowns, implants, or bonding. A holistic sports dentist seeks to minimize any negative impact on the body that can result from common materials and procedures. Holistic dentistry follows ancient Chinese medicine and holds that each tooth is located along pathways known as ‘meridians’. Holistic dentists consider what influence a treatment may have on other systems located on a given meridian.

Besides sports related injuries to teeth, sports dentists are also concerned with consumption of high sugar sports drinks, tobacco, and anorexia and bulimia. All of these are common in athletes and can be detrimental to the teeth.

Proper diagnosis and treatment of these issues cannot only improve an athletes oral health, it can also improve strength, balance, coordination, anxiety, and recovery from injuries.

Preseason exams can help prevent injury. Exams should include medical history, risk conditions, jar relationships, loose teeth, previous restoration work, and the possible need of wisdom tooth extraction. Extractions and other treatments should be done well before the season begins to allow time for healing. Failure to do so could increase risk of jaw fracture. Custom mouthguards may be made during this exam.

Recent research shows more and more that conditions affecting dental health have a direct influence on overall health. Comprehensive strategies offer the best solutions for improving health of mind and body, which is important for any athlete to meet his or her potential both on the field and off.

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Botox in Dentistry

dental botoxAt first glance, Botox injections and dentistry are about as alike as broccoli and french fries, but they actually go together quite well.  Both call for specialized equipment that requires continuous sterilization and both need injections quite often.  Both call for a thorough understanding of the muscles and nerves in the face.  When done right, both offer results that delight the patient.  As time goes on, more and more dentists across the country are being trained to administer Botox safely and effectively, we will find that Botox and dentistry will go together like cheese and fine wine.

While it still may not seem entirely logical for dentists to offer Botox, when examined closely it begins to make sense.  Who is better qualified to offer a medical procedures like Botox than medical professionals?  And with the possible exception of plastic surgeons, what type of medical professional is more focused on the face and one’s appearance than a dentist?  The medical training one undergoes to become a dentist includes most of what is needed to become qualified to administer Botox.

Because dentists see many of their patients at least twice a year for cleanings and checkups, they already have a client base with whom they have built relationships based on trust.  Some dentists may have hundreds, even thousands, of people who already know them well enough to speak highly of them to friends.  What’s more, a large part of dentistry is focused on helping patients look their best, not just stay healthy.

For all of these reasons and more, many dentists are coming to the realization that being trained to administer Botox to patients who are already in their office on a regular basis is a good idea.  Botox training is not difficult for someone who already gives many injections as a regular part of their practice, and the actual procedure takes only minutes.

At this rate, it won’t be long before it will be commonplace for people to get Botox injections when they go in for dental exams and cleanings, and for Botox administration to be part of every dentist’s initial training.


The luxury of clean teeth

dental patient flossing teethWhen we think about luxuries nowadays, there are many things that we can consider: large and beautiful homes, a multitude of cars and people to drive them for us, champagne and all of the food that we can eat, as well as the very best clothes that we can wear before anyone else. But if you had asked your grandparents what a luxury was, the chances are that they would have a completely different answer. In fact, the things that they would talk about may completely surprise you. That is because until after the First World War, very few people would every buy anything that we would consider to be toothpaste.

The luxury of clean and healthy teeth is something that we should definitely not be taking lightly. Some of the very first luxury toothpaste that was ever made on a large scale was created by Ziryab, a Persian musician and fashion designer that lived in the 800s. The Arabs in the ninth century had this recipe for toothpaste that was closely guarded, and because of that no actual description of what was in it has been discovered. However, many people have tried to guess, and many believe that it would be very similar to the toothpaste that was being used in England and the United States of America in the 1700s. There were two main types of toothpaste at this time; one made mainly of chalk, and one made mainly of charcoal.

Thankfully we no longer have to brush our teeth with charcoal or chalk, but we can simply walk into our bathrooms and reach out – and there is toothpaste. We should try to make sure that we value the luxury of clean and healthy teeth each day that we use our toothpaste to keep our teeth clean.


Gaming, Grinding & Learning New Skills

No, this not an article on THAT kind of grinding – instead, we want to talk a little bit about the medical kind of grinding. It is becoming more and more apparent that people that love to game will often come under a certain amount of stress as they play. That is only natural after all, especially when there is a different part of the game. However, what many gamers do not realise is that during these complicated parts of the game, they could very well be unintentionally and totally unconsciously grinding their teeth. Many people will do it when they are asleep and having nightmares, and those that work in high pressure jobs often do it completely unknowingly. However, more and more gamers are grinding their teeth, and over time this can actually cause a huge amount of damage on their teeth. Some people will actually even lose teeth because they have been unwittingly grinding on them for so long.

Only a holistic dentist would be able to put this together, as they are much more interested in viewing their patients as entire individuals, rather than just staring into their mouths for minutes on end! They will be able to figure out that gamers who grind need to find different ways in which to temper their concentration. Over time, absolutely anyone can change their habits, but it does take twenty one days to do so. That means that if you have noticed that when you game, you grind your teeth a little bit, then you need to take active steps in order to prevent yourself from doing it. After a couple of weeks, you will stop doing it automatically. Your teeth will be much healthier for it, and you can use all of that extra brain power in order to concentrate on your gaming.

Gaming really means that you are going to have to do an awful lot with your brain. You will be learning new things and having to take in a huge amount of information quickly. Your hand to eye coordination will improve, as will your motor skills. A gamer’s memory is absolutely extraordinary and will continue to get better and better over time. The ability to adapt and the capacity to anticipate will also become much better than someone who is not a seasoned gamer – and these are just some of the changes and experiences that a gamer will have.

Many people in high level jobs are gamers, and they have learned their bartering skills or their ability to do three things at once through playing games. Many professions such as homeopathic dentists or school teachers have learned to bring two completely different ideas together and present them to an audience. Anyone who deals with numbers could have learned those skills through a game, and they would not even have realised it.

You probably haven’t realised all of the amazing benefits you have been receiving as you have been gaming, but just because you have them now doesn’t mean that you should stop gaming! Who knows what you will learn and discover next?



Gaming for girls – Dentistry?

by Brighton Dental San Diego

The gaming world has always traditionally been seen as a male world . . . although no one is really sure exactly why. If you think about it, some of the very first popular games that were created and released were quite gender neutral: Pac man may have been a man, but you could barely tell from the way that he looked, and Mario was not really a masculine orientated game either. But perhaps that is exactly the problem – although the games didn’t seem very male orientated, they only included male characters that the gamer could play as. The vast majority of the female roles were characters within the game, and they were there to be rescued.

Of course, there are those that would argue that many games have female characters, and the most famous of all of these is Lara Croft. Every single person who plays that game plays as Lara, and so that is why many people believe that women are actually quite well represented within the gaming world. On the other hand, you only have to take one quick look at Lara Croft to see that she was designed by a woman, and that reveals one of the other problems with the gaming world – that for a time, almost everyone that was making games was male.

In the modern day, however, gaming has become more inclusive of all genders and of all backgrounds. This means that whoever you are, whatever you enjoy should be represented within the gaming world. So whether you are a San Diego dentist (male or female) or a Seattle stay at home parent (male or female), there are games out there for you. Gaming for girls is starting to really become a part of normal life – and long may that last!

5 Amazing Interior Door Designs

Custom Interior DoorWhen the time comes to replace your interior doors in your home it pays to start with the old saying “Know thyself.” Adding your own unique design is possible with these distinct door ideas.

We have all experienced the role of a traditional interior door which typically come in solid or hollow-core (six panels on three swinging hinges.) These standard doors are a familiar site in classic and modern homes. There are many other unique door designs to choose from however. Have you checked out these 5 awesome interior design choices (for personalized recommendations, reach out to Here they are:

  • Sliding Barn Doors

Who knew that repurposed farm pieces would become so very popular! Barn doors in the modern home are known for their aesthetic and historical value. Many a host of companies now design interior-specific barn doors using modern materials.

Typically, these doors are made of solid wood that can be painted or stained to your liking, and, instead of relying on hinges, use door rollers just like a real barn door. By mounting a metal track above the door and using the proper roller hardware, the door is nearly silent when closing it and doesn’t take up extra space when opened — there’s no need to account for the door swing. Barn doors are a great choice for bathrooms, pantries or to divide larger rooms.

  • Frameless Glass Entry Doors

At the front of several large office towers you’ll often see frameless glass doors. Being the adaptable marvel that they are, these same frameless glass entry doors are now being adapted for interior home use as well. Typically, these doors will use a single sheet of glass, high-grade safety glass, and as the name suggests do not require a frame. Frameless glass entry doors hang from the wall opening on metal hinges.

Clear frameless doors can do wonders between rooms for sound dampening, or frosted for privacy if used for a bathroom. That is a useful home interior design tip, another being you can also use mounted handles on either or both sides, or leave the doors naked choosing to let them swing open in one or both directions when pushed. Etched and colored glass are often used to intensify the visual impact.

  • Frosted Glass Panel Doors

Frameless doors are a far cry from frosted glass panel doors which combine the benefits of wood and glass. Set firmly in wood of any color or type, these doors give you a great variety of panel sizes and styles.

Common options include:

  1. full glass panel styled with a wide wooden frame,
  2. four glass panels squared off in equal size,
  3. two small top and bottom panels sandwiched betwixt a large middle panel, or a replica of a style more like a traditional six-panel door, including some or all the wooden panels switched out for glass.
  4. Doors like these can offer your home a sense of lightness and flow, while still providing total privacy if you decide on hanging them for a bathroom or bedroom.

·        Arched Doorways or Rounded-Top Doors

If you want to add a level of sophistication to your space, then arched or rounded-top interior doors offer more than almost any other. Regardless of whether it’s a single or double door adding such an arch or rounded-top adds a sense of weight and purpose. In fact, these doors are often made of thick, dark wood which only heightens the dramatic effect.

Glass-paneled, lighter wood arched doors are always an option, but can also be customized with a thick frame or feature lighting. It does good to remember, however, that installing an arched or rounded-top door requires additional modifications to be made to standard door openings, nut avoid installation without the help of a professional contractor or door installer.

·        Dutch Doors

Dutch doors, are unique also because they are divided horizontally in two equal parts and mounted in such a way that each part can open separately (also called stable doors or half doors.) When they were first fashioned they kept animals out of farmhouses or children safe inside. These doors once again are finding their way into modern homes as functional showpieces.

In most cases, the upper half of a Dutch door features clear or frosted glass panels in addition to the door handle. The door can swing open (when unlatched from the bottom portion,) allowing for sun or breeze inside. Once latched it functions as a normal standard door and can be made as secure as any interior door. The outside edge of a home is most often where you will find, these doors, but they are also useful between kitchen, dining rooms, home offices and the rest of the house.


5 Popular Sliding Doors and Sliding Barn-Style Doors

barn door pictureCommercial and residential markets alike are taking advantage of the sliding door trend and noticing that the climb has shown no signs of slowing down its expansion in the years to come. Designers are constantly finding more innovative ways to expand the use of sliding doors and how to place them into spaces where they can function most effectively.

Manufacturers in the door and hardware industries have noticed the spike in growth and are working to meet the rise in demand. Even just a few years ago sliding barn doors would need to be custom designed and built by a professional, but now pre-fabricated doors number in the thousands and will only continue to grow. More and more finishes, styles and durability options continue to arrive on the scene giving architects and designers a better range of options from which to choose.

It was only very recently that the most common place for sliding doors were healthcare and office settings. These areas are still strong, but sliding doors are now found in more than these initial areas such as:

City Loft Apartments

More sliding doors are being used in revitalization projects. Old warehouses and manufacturing buildings are now being developed into loft apartments, and sliding doors are selected much more frequently than regular standard doors. These projects use a mixture of exposed bricks and columns which give the space its rustic industrial feel. Sliding barn doors are installed for the privacy needs of bedroom and bathroom primarily. It’s all about making work out looking hardware look new and vice versa.


Youth centers might feature a sliding barn door designed to break up a meeting space from a casual break area. A large-scale barn door can help to match the rough look and industrial feel of a space. Generally, anywhere you want a large-scale opening, a barn door is a great choice if you are planning to leave it open most the time as well.

ADA Applications

Sliding doors save valuable floor space and satisfy the ADA requirements which makes it easy for people with disabilities to use. A sliding door is much easier for someone in a wheel chair to operate than a regular wide swing door. People with motorized wheelchairs and who have limited access to using their hands will appreciate the ease of access a sliding door offers.


Most of the major hotel brands are currently integrating plan to add to their facilities sliding doors. Hotel doors tend to be sleek and shiny rather than giving off an industrial or rustic atmosphere. Eliminating the door swing plays a huge role and keeps guests happy not to deal with the congested foot traffic that normal doors are often known for. Bathroom and closet doors especially are being replaced in hotels with one sliding door for the bathroom that slides from side to side, closing the adjacent closet door.


More for looks than functionality, restaurants often use a separate door for the kitchen/food prep area than from the main restaurant. Sliding barn doors are also great for sectioning off a back room for private meetings or extra busy days.


Holistic Dentistry is Intended to be Different

From the moment you mention holistic dentistry, there is a chance that so many people will easily feel confused, not knowing what you are talking about. This is often the case, especially when you realize that there are people who cannot tell the difference between dentistry as a practice, and holistic dentistry.

Of course there are individuals who have taken the time to learn more about this, pretty much figured out what the difference is. However, not all these people are safe. There are dentists out there who have just chosen to jump on the bandwagon of holistic dentistry, because of the fact that they want to be in on the trendy topic. This does not always make things easier for the patient. You end up with a dentist who claims he is holistic, but in real sense they are not. As a result, you eventually find yourself going through a horrendous experience.

For a fact, the holistic dentists normally do things rather differently than the rest of the other dentists. For this reason, they are able to get you better and safer results than you would ever get from the other dentists that you know of.

It is often advisable that you get to learn as much as you can about this procedure, so that in the long run, you are able to get a really good experience out of it all. These naturally gentle holistic dentists are your best option. Because of this reason, there is a rather close relationship between the dental patients and the dentists, because it is the role of the dentist to make sure that you are safe, and they must also strike a good rapport with you. You do not want to visit a dentist that does not understand you at all.

The concept of holistic dentistry lies in making sure you can get to learn as much as possible about the patient, and this is where the difference comes in between the holistic dentists and other dentists. To learn as much as possible about the patient means also learning to understand their lives, what they go through on a daily basis. This therefore allows the dentist to get a good psychological profile of the patient, and also understand what makes these patients different from others around them.

You must also take note that a holistic dentist is never ever going to use anything harmful on you. Toxic elements like mercury have been in use for a really long time, and these have put the lives of so many patients at risk. However, this is not supposed to be the case with holistic dentistry.

One thing that you can expect when you are dealing with a holistic dentist, is the fact that they will not use anything dangerous on your body. In fact, this kind of dentist will make sure that they take the necessary precautions to ensure that any toxic substance that you might have is removed from your system.



8 Steps To Minimize Damage From Water

A properly rain screened building can prevent money around the road. Proper upkeep of these drainage systems is crucial thus effectiveness. Also, if you liked it I wish to to understand too.
The main reason we have gutters on our buildings is to divert and direct water away from the foundation, which inhibits water and ice from damaging our homes. Proper upkeep of these drainage systems is crucial to effectiveness. If nevertheless blocked, damaged, broken or not properly hung, water won’t go where it takes to and you realize you’ll be dealing with water where you will not want it. Fortunately, it truly is to maintain gutters yourself.

Finally, it’s worthwhile to get a nutritious home inspection report. You desire a report that will address every one of the concerns mentioned above, due to knowledgeable inspector who truly cares about doing his/her job. Protecting you!

Ideally, downspout extensions should discharge water at least 4 feet from your home; once they cross walkways, these could be a nuisance and can be replaced with convenient retractable downspout extensions. Retractable types avoid the way until important.

In addition to gutters and downspouts, it’s good idea to include sort sort of screen with your gutter system. Gutter screens help to keep out leaves, seeds and nuts that can clog your gutters.

Be sure to look over every a part of the bungalow. Water damage make a difference in the entire house. It does affect the air quality, the drywall, the upholstery, carpeting and even hardwood wood. Do not leave anything to chance. This is why its best develop in the experts to inspect and an individual their attitude.

Most basements are vulnerable to water diseases. Eventually, the water soaked soil surrounding your basement eventually starts to find its way through cracks and seams with your aging concrete foundation. Other times, a sluggish leaking pipe in the wall begins to cause house water damage to your basement. In the event it does, your precious investment begins to deteriorate since the once dry basement, starts to develop a damp, musty small. Often this leakage is hidden behind the skirting’s, carpets and wood flooring we install to conceal the concrete foundation. Alter the spot preserving the earth . to come across adjacent efflorescence, mold or damp. After that, you have to remove the covering locate to the foundation of the condition.

Your gutters should be sized depending on maximum rainfall you can expect, not the average rainfall. Means you can eat a house in Dallas, Texas, end up being experience strong micro-burst storms, actually wants a bigger gutter system than a single in Seattle, Washington, if the rain may appear far more frequent but less impressive.

The techniques mentioned above are are capable of doing not in order to prevent water damage but also to avoid further damage of one’s properties. You should not overlook issues that would cause water damage and mold. Instead, you should seek assistance from Water Damage R Us so that problems will be fixed immediately. Likewise, providing immediate action would only mean minor repairs in contrast to or restoring water damages.
This may be the time to call in your local water restoration service company. Basements possess a have lighting issues so be confident that any windows are optimal. This may indicate a concern behind have to have.

Which Mold Removal Tools Are The Great One?

Our house the only place where we comfy and restful. mold removal happens when you locate a mold overuse injury in your home and cure it. Your past outdoor environment it breaks organic matter down.
Mold removal is attain a great quick wipe up occupation. Contamination often spreads rapidly. Once this condition has been verified, it will take to be dealt with immediately. Might possibly destroy the surfaces that this grows on and is lethal to human health. If a home or commercial building owner suspects the problem, it will wise to obtain professionals to inspect and eradicate.

Thus, when an abode is impacted the flood virtually any type, need to call a credit repair professional that specializes in mold remediation in Oc to carry out a consultation that you. There is really a possibility that mold has formed in spots you have never even thought about yet. This mold could possibly be adversely affecting the overall wellbeing of individuals and all your.

If, therefore, you realize there is mold within your abode, you need to get in-touch with a mold remediation agency as speedily as practicable. You can choose from a myriad of agencies that perform mold removal in Orange county. Surely, require it and it discover that you of these lenders meets 1 of the requirements you have.

This happens a lot in older homes because some believe since there isnrrrt any insulation, leaving this old stuff there will insulate this old home better. Nonetheless it doesn’t and this mold sooner or later seep through this new drywall. Put you you could try and remove this mold you will not only have to remove this new drywall nevertheless the old stuff as okay. If you don’t check out time or a right tools to remove all of one’s mold, stop the work and find some one that can. If uncover someone comprehensive the job, it could take up to a few days dependant the measurements of the job.

The existence of mold in their home may trigger asthma individuals who are allergic to spores. These deadly spores can cause shortness of breathe create about respiratory difficulty.

Some involving your home that have mold the more not easy to clean. These areas include bathroom fixtures and moldy walls. It may take an a lot more elbow grease on account to obtain the entire area covered with cleaning solution and scrubbed clean of mold. In order to especially vital that keep small areas pertaining to instance bathrooms well-ventilated during the mold-removal step. Also, be sure to spot test your cleaning solution on the vicinity before actually applying it to the total mold-covered floor. And one very important thing don’t forget is NEVER PAINT OVER MOLD! Mold will expanding under paint and removing the mold later will be difficult, if not impossible.

Once have got discovered supply of the mold problem you contain will probably have. Mold spores can launch into the air, causing serious illness as well as spreading the black mold into other areas in your home. Use plastic sheets to cover up doors and vents toying with starting working to clear out the black mold. If possible, use an exhaust fan to blow mold spoors outside of your house through a window or door.

Step 4 – Professionals make a combination using cup bleach per gallon of hot river. This mixture disinfects any surfaces cleaned, and terminates remaining spores. Issue is generally poured into a sprayer and applied.
Follow these simple steps to make bathroom mold removal worthwhile. Every one of them promises total successfulness. Stop talking using carpets in the restroom and damp places. Soap scum doesn’t stand probability in your tub.