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Infection Control: A Growing Concern for Hospitals

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by Orange Restoration San Diego

Infection control dividerCertain illnesses are able to pass from person to person very easily, and in some cases, the spread of infections can happen very easily. Whilst the spread of infection is a cause for concern in wider society, it is an even more important consideration for those in hospitals. In hospital buildings, there are a lot of people living together in close quarters, some of whom are already sick. The presence of infections, coupled with a population whose immune system is already compromised, means that infection control is a very important concern for hospital staff. For some patients, even minor infections can become a matter of life or death, so it is important that every precaution possible should be taken.

Isolation

In some cases, patients with infections may need to be isolated, so that the infection cannot be spread to other patients in the hospital. For diseases which are known to spread very easily, isolation may be the best option, as it can help to prevent other patients from accidentally coming into contact with an infected person. Special precautions should also be taken to ensure that healthcare professionals do not spread the infection from the isolation zone to other hospital areas.

Sterilization and Disinfection

Disinfection and sterilization are used to kill disease causing microorganisms. Disinfection usually requires the use of liquid chemicals which kill organisms, whilst sterilization can be done with chemicals, steam or dry heat. Whilst disinfection kills a large number of disease causing microorganisms, it does not kill bacterial endospores. Sterilization aims to kill almost all microorganisms, although no known method is guaranteed to be 100% effective. These methods aim to prevent the spread of infection from patient to patient, for example sterilization of equipment in a hospital helps to prevent a patient from getting an infection from previous patients who used that equipment.

Hand washing

Hand washing is one of the most basic methods of infection control, but it is also one which is essential. Doctors realized as early as 1847 that hand washing by doctors in between patients was essential to stop the spread of disease. Previously, doctors either did not wash their hands between patients, or only washed their hands for their own comfort. Hand washing is now a mandatory part of infection control in most hospitals in the developed world.

Personal protective Equipment (PPE)

PPE is worn by most health care professionals to help to reduce the risk of them becoming infected. Healthcare professionals should take every step possible to ensure that they are safe when they are doing their job. As well as providing peace of mind for healthcare workers, this equipment helps to keep workers fit and healthy, so that they will be healthy enough to continue working to the best of their abilities. Many PPE items, such as gloves and surgical aprons are disposable, so as to prevent infections from being spread from one patient to another. These items are then disposed of safely as medical waste, along with other items such as swabs and syringes.

More about infection control at http://orange-restoration.com/additional-services/san-diego-infection-control/

 

 

 

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Changes in emergency times benefits San Diego residents

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by Brighton Dental San Diego

A real effort has been made in a San Diego experiment to ensure that emergency response times from both the fire and rescue services, and medical services, can be lowered in an attempt to save more lives. Several areas within the San Diego region were highlighted as needing to improve, and these areas have seen great changes in the times that they have had to wait for people to arrive and administer life-saving care.

For example, the response times in the southeast San Diego area of Encanto has been drastically lowered by a very small change in the way that the fire and rescue crew operates. They have reduced their teams to only two people, and have been responding to medical emergencies in a re-built pick up truck that is able to go much faster in the area. The change in time that it has taken for people to arrive – from the time that they are called to the actual moment that they arrive – has been reduced from up to nine minutes to an incredible three minutes, or even only ninety seconds.

The change of program was initially designed to only last for six months, but city officials in the San Diego area have now revealed that they may enlarge the remit of the project to other neighborhoods as the project has been so successful, such as Liberty Station, Linda Vista, Black Mountain Ranch, and University City. Chief Webber has stated that: “The community is really noticing how fast they’re getting there. It’s definitely having an impact. Any time you put extra people and extra equipment anywhere in the city, it’s going to have a positive impact.”

The Mayor, Kevin Faulconer, really pushed for the project to happen, and made sure that $600,000 of his own budget could be invested in the life-changing service.

For more community related articles around San Diego, visit http://sandiegocosmeticdentists.org

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Hong Kong Has Concerns Regarding Safety of Colgate Total Toothpaste

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by besttoothpaste.net

toothpasteThe customs department of Hong Kong is investigating the safety of triclosan in Colgate’s Total Toothpaste.

The investigation comes in the wake of a report released August 11, 2014 in Bloomberg News.  The report examined the results of studies that have linked the chemical to the growth of cancer cells and shows that it inhibited development in animals.  Parts of the application filed with the FDA and approved in 1997.  These, along with recent research into triclosan, raise concerns over whether the product’s approval should hold.

Hong Kong’s Consumer Goods Safety Ordinance regulates certain consumer products, including toothpaste, and requires that they comply with general safety requirements. 

In a response to the report, Colgate-Palmolive’s Hong Kong office said: “The Aug. 11 report “unfairly questions the U.S. FDA’s safety review of Colgate Total, Colgate Total users can be fully confident in the safety of our toothpaste.”

In a statement issued by Hong Kong customs, the agency said they intend to “seek professional advice from the Department of Health,” as part of their investigation.  The statement continues, “Under the Consumer Goods Safety Ordinance, it is an offense to supply, manufacture or import into Hong Kong consumer goods unless the goods comply with the general safety requirements.”

Some companies have stopped using triclosan in their products, but Colgate stands by its use of the chemical.  Colgate cites the meticulous process that products must go through in order to receive FDA approval.  Colgate asserts more than 80 clinical studies have been conducted on more than 19,000 people to prove the product safe.

“In the nearly 18 years that Colgate Total has been on the market in the U.S., there has been no signal of a safety issue from adverse-event reports,” said Thomas DiPiazza, a company spokesman.

The study was previously reported in the South China Morning Post.  China’s Department of Health indicated that it had not received any reports of adverse reactions as a result of the use of products containing triclosan.

The FDA likewise replied to inquiry from the Bloomberg News by saying that any concerns the agency had have been put to rest by a cancer study published in January 1997.  The study “supports the FDA’s conclusion that does not pose a cancer risk for humans,” DiPiazza said.

Those worried about the contents of their store bought toothpaste should consider that the best toothpaste might be made at home.

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Could Your Dental Work Be Toxic?

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body mouth connectionIf you have metal fillings, your dental work could very well be toxic. A group of patients, dentists, scientists and others filed a lawsuit in July 2014 against the U.S. FDA claiming that this agency has not be forward-thinking enough in dealing with metal filling material than contains hazardous mercury. The substance had been shown to be toxic in many ways and has been banned in some nations. Now, not only mercury free dentists are asking.. ‘why is it still allowed in fillings in the United States’?

The lawsuit further alleges that the nation’s most vulnerable citizens are getting more mercury fillings than anyone else. This include low-income families, prisoners and military members who must depend on the imperfect government healthcare system and other low-cost clinics.

Sure, amalgam is durable and has been in common usage for 150 years. But today, there are tooth-colored choices that look better and work just as well or better. But using amalgam is an economic issue. It’s cheaper, and some insurance companies insist that it be used instead of composite.

Even the American Dental Association is against removing old metal fillings. Their reasoning is that each time a filling is replaced there is loss of healthy tooth material, and that should be limited. There is also a risk of additional mercury exposure during removal if the process isn’t handled professionally.

The FDA continues to say that metal fillings with mercury are safe — despite that fact that many countries have banned dental amalgam. The substance is still used in many places, however, and it’s still common in the United States as well.

But think of it this way: if you can avoid a health risk, why wouldn’t you? Do you really want a mercury-containing substance that’s the subject of a lawsuit and that’s already been banned in many places in your mouth? If you have the slightest misgivings, you should have your old metal fillings removed by a proper Biological Dentist, and avoid getting any more mercury installed in your mouth.

San Diego residents looking to remove their mercury fillings should visit Dr. Vinograd’s site here.

Reference: http://www.icc.org/details/16257547.html

 

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Woman Who Thought See Had MS Instead Had Dental Mercury Poisoning

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by Holistic Dentist, Dr. Vinograd

mercury fillingCan you imagine being diagnosed with a crippling and degenerative disease like MS only to later find that your toxic mercury fillings were responsible for your debilitating symptoms? That’s exactly what happened to one Scottish woman.

Maria Indermuhle discovered that toxic dental fillings containing mercury and other harmful metals were poisoning her and causing symptoms that doctors mistook for MS. The dental fillings were installed just weeks before her wedding and move from Scotland to Switzerland three years ago — and it took months for her to realize that doctors were wrong and that she was suffering from mercury poisoning.

A few months after getting married, Indermuhle started to feel unusual sensations in her legs. About 18 months later, she was unable to walk, lost feeling in her hands, suffered loss of vision, had speech slurring and heart palpitations.

After extensive examination, doctors diagnosed her with multiple sclerosis. But she wasn’t entirely satisfied with the diagnosis of a degenerative disease for which there is no cure and few viable and effective treatments.

She did some research on her own.

Indermuhle learned that the symptoms she was experiencing were also the symptoms to expect in cases of mercury poisoning. A doctor in Switzerland tested her for metals and found them in abundance in her system.

The woman, of course, immediately had the fillings removed and started on a dramatic detox program. She made a full recovery.

She now claims the Scottish national health care program, which put in the fillings, should be liable for her problems. But the Scottish government still claims dental amalgam containing silver, tin, copper and mercury is completely safe.

But a now-32-year-old woman in Switzerland lost three years of her life because of mercury amalgam in her mouth. Does that sound safe to you? Despite governmental claims, it makes sense to avoid having something put in your body that can cause a reaction like the one she had.

San Diego residents interested in removing mercury amalgam fillings should visit www.drvinograd.com

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Dentox: Botox Training and Certification

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Dentox is one of the leading continuing education providers in the industry with the necessary experience as well as professionals necessary to offer such skills you require. Any time you disclose to your clients and employees that you received training from Dentox, your are letting them know that you receive training from the best of the best. In reality, Dentox lead instructor as well as course director Dr Howard Katz, DDS, is a well known innovator in Botox certification, whose name was on the Botulinum toxin patient applications (see 2014- ONLINE BOTOX TRAINING FOR PHYSICIANS, NURSES, DENTISTS & OTHER QUALIFIED MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS).

Dr Katz is also a medical innovator as well as a general practicing dentist. Apart from his work with Botox, Dysport and also Xeoman, he also has his name on the patent application for gel dermal filler formulations and also Oraverse, which is an anesthetic reversal product. He has also led the research into using sugar alcohols such as xylitol and sorbitol In dentistry close to forty years ago and is responsible for the introduction of Botox along with gel filler injections into dental workspace over a ten years ago. As the leader of the Dentox live patient coaching program, Dr Katz continues to develop, updating as well as adding values to courses every time in other to maintain  their leading and cutting-edge position.

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Dentox provides revolutionary as well as forward looking gel filler and Botox certification courses provided by a proven scientific mind and also he is a respected dentist, clinician and specialist named on the intellectual property registrations for a different type of cosmetic products.

The location of the medical and dental course training organization is situated in California and act according to the Dental practice Act of all state in which it practice its training. We make sure to differentiate our practice from all others in the industry by making sure we don’t recommend treatments and materials that is proven to be ineffective or that can destroy or damage the reputation of ours or yours as well.

Dentox is a PACE provider certified by the Academy of General Dentistry. AGD accept the training company’s formal continuing education courses for the credit towards fellowship, mastership as well as membership maintenance. This certification does not mean any acceptance by a state or other board of dentistry or endorsement by AGD. The recent certification by AGD runs from February 1, 2014 till January 31, 2016.

Reference: http://dentox.com/botox-edu-news/botox-injection-training/

So, What Causes Varicose Veins & Why You Should Seek Treatment

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Varicose Veins / SclerotherapyVaricose veins are actually quite common and most people don’t even know they have them.  There are those, on the other hand, who have difficulties with varicose veins and are looking for help to treat them.

First off, your arteries carry blood from your heart and provide oxygen to your other organs and muscles.  In turn, veins carry blood back to the heart.  Your legs are made up of three different kinds of veins.  Your really deep veins can’t be seen but they can become blocked if you suffer from DVT or deep vein thrombosis.  The veins that are just below the surface of your skin are the ones that cause varicose veins and the deeper veins and surface veins are connected by a third set of veins.

Note: If you are experiencing varicose veins or any other type of vascular disease we recommend visiting The Secret Vein Clinic in San Diego.

You have one-way valves in your veins that prevent blood from stopping or flowing backward.  Activating your muscles such as walking forces your blood to move upward in a natural way.  The blood in your arteries is under a great deal of pressure but not on the same scale as the blood in your veins.  Blood is continually moving against gravity going from your legs to your heart and if a wall becomes damaged it makes it much harder for the blood to flow.

This damage will also affect the valve’s ability to operate properly and then the blood will start to flow backward.  This puts a great deal of pressure on other valves that are further down.  As this occurrence continues, more valves will start to leak causing the veins to become enlarged and then you can see these veins on the surface of your skin.  They pretty much resemble spider webs which where the term spider veins comes from.  When you lift or elevate your legs above your heart level, the blood will start flowing freely again.

In many cases, varicose veins are hereditary, running in families.  They are also more common in women than men.  Another cause is overweight which actually makes women more susceptible to varicose veins than men as well.   The older women become and the more children they have had, the more likely they will develop varicose veins.  People who have previously suffered from DVT can develop varicose veins over time.

There was a time that the medical world believed that standing for a long period of time vs walking would cause varicose veins but the jury is still out on that.  However, if you do have varicose veins, there is no doubt that standing for long periods of time will aggravate the situation and your legs will start to feel very heavy and become swollen.

The majority of the population do not suffer from complications brought on my varicose veins.  If someone does, it’s usually years later, your lower leg can become swollen and there will be a significant change in your skin’s color or you might develop skin that is very dry and thick.  Your veins can become quite red and inflamed and in rare cases, develop ulcers.  Veins that appear like tiny red threads or look like star-bursts are minor and will not cause complications.

In this day and age, if you are suffering from complications from varicose veins, there are many treatments you might want to look into.  One of the most common treatments is known as “sclerotherapy” which entails a chemical injection into the vein that will attach one wall to another.  After this procedure, you will have to wear compression stockings or bandages that come to the knee.  This will only last for a few weeks or until the veins pressure has lowered.

Other procedures include laser or a foam to close the vein.  If you are experiencing pain in your leg or legs and you have noticed inflammation in your veins you should sit down with your doctor.  He or she will evaluate the situation and if you are suffering from complications from varicose veins will offer you different options you might want to look into.

For more information about varicose vein treatment and sclerotherapy visit us online:

http://thesecretveinclinic.com/vein-treatments/sclerotherapy-san-diego/

New word in interior design

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interior barn doorIf you are one of those who has never been to a barn and has never seen a barn door, now it is high time for you to change that.

Since the trend of sliding barn doors in the interior is breaking into our apartments and houses, you can enjoy this space saver and add a bit of rustic and cozy flavor to your place. What is more, it is another chance for you to feel that you are in a countryside, relaxing on somewhere on a farm in the foothills of a spectacular mountain.

Besides, no one will ever say to you something like “You are always forgetting to close the doors. Were you raised in a barn”? As you will have a perfect excuse with your brand new sliding barn doors. In addition, it is a great solution to cover part of wall space if there is too much of it.

Still sliding barn doors is not, probably, the best solution for you if you strive for extra privacy and are afraid of being overheard. It is less sound protective than you can expect. It is also worth taking into account that sliding barn doors can take more wall space than a regular door. On the contrary, there is a vivid advantage of the door on a sliding track – it occupies only a bit of space on the floor. For the apartments where you try to save as much space as possible, it is very topical and a great way out.

Sliding barn doors are perfect for small rooms because you cherished inches of space will be free for whatever you are up to. However, it is not the case for those rooms where there is a lack of wall space and t you are not sure is a barn sliding door will fit there.

In such a case, there is always a way out. Just call a repairman or a person who is proficient in creating and installing sliding barn doors. The chances are high that he/she will give you pretty valuable tips that can come in handy. If that does not sound attractive to you and you feel more than confident in your sliding barn door making skills – just head to the nearest DIY store where you will find all the necessary materials.

Reference: http://knrslidingdoors.com

How to Fix Sliding Closet Doors That Come Off Their Tracks

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Home Sliding Closet DoorsYou might have asked the question before as to why your sliding closet doors in your bedroom keep coming off their tracks, get jammed against each other or drive you crazy in more ways than that! If you have closet doors that are jammed, then before you give up let’s see what can be done to fix these doors so you can get back into the closet once again!

Your Handyman:

Custom sliding closet doors are a popular service call many people must make when their doors come off the track. It’s very rare that the problem is going to keep anyone trapped inside a closet, but stranger things have happened. Older style sliding door designs have a ceiling mounted tracks which are mounted at the top of the door. These can have hung up on carpeting or other obstructions in the closet, forcing the person to have to lift the door out of the track vertically instead of side to side. Heavy to lift back onto the tracks some sliding closet doors can be difficult for a home owner to maintain at times. It is also the case often enough that older sliding doors that were installed over hardwood, carpeting was put down sometime later, but were never trimmed to allow for the sliding door to move smoothly along. You can remove the doors and trim the base manually of course, but this is not going to be easy if the rollers are damaged or not in working shape.

You may have to upgrade if this is the case, so removing the “J” style track and rollers and installing a new “C” style track which encloses its rollers right inside the track. In other words, the roller trolley will never come off the track and will work for you indefinitely. The installation process is only about 2-3 hours for a standard 6’-7’ wide closet with 2 bypass doors. The hardware will cost about $150, and will make for a nice improvement in the appearance of your bedroom.

More at http://www.knrslidingdoorsculvercity.com/

Black Mold Removal – Testing For And Removing Toxic Black Mold

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Mold will continue to rise under paint and treatment of mold later will be difficult, if not impossible. Most of the types of mold can be harmful for confront. Each affected area should be sealed off separately.
Mold is unpleasant for an associated with reasons. This substance is both unattractive and dangerous for people to be exposed to. Mold can cause people to experience a variety of breathing problems, nasal congestion, and even, in rare cases, death.

The presence of mold at your home may trigger asthma to those who are allergic to spores. These deadly spores can cause shortness of breathe and bring about respiratory difficulty.

Having identically meaning, “Mold”, “Toxic Mold”, and “Black Toxic Mold” are all phrases published by the media. Earn money . unique thing about this topic could be the type of species that can be found in an example of black mold. You can aquire a good idea about how toxic or problematic the mold is skilled the regarding the species.

One great option for a mold remover is Vital Oxide Antibacterial and Mold Remover. Only bottle cost around $15. This product has gallon sized refills available. As an alternative to using bleach to eliminate mold, merchandise oxidizes that it. If you have small children or pets, solution is a safe option. Reliable research is safe to use on water safe fabrics and is registered that isn’t EPA. You also won’t need to panic trimmings will be scattered any anyone as it has been verified to not really an irritant to skin area.

Sometimes, individuals trouble telling if an ingredient is mold or simply grime. Typically, mold is a few shade of green or black; it’s going to also look somewhat fuzzy when you peer advertising. If have your slightest inclination that your home is infested with mold, you’ll want to call specialized to study the situation. Do not clean the substance, since your mold removal company will do you need sample than it to take a look at!

The alternative is to repair any leaks or flooding around your property. Check out all of the pipes, particularly the ones in dark places, like the basement and bathrooms. If there are any leaks or warning signs of flooding, fix them guaranteeing that there are no new problems in the future. Another thing that you should do will be always to get an air filtration unit, which will trap all the mold spores around household and generate the house air safe for breathing.

Not every information an individual could gather out are usually many useful. All of them is just fluff and mushy stuff without basis and true problems. To make your cleaning effective you end up being know the myths surrounding mold and mold removal and also avoid the group.
So be careful with bleach, especially as there are so all the other options easily available. The problem using a basement is which has a typically stagnant environment.

How Rain Gutters Protect Your Home

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I just about took that policy but agreed to ask preliminary. Bad house water damage can have a lasting negative impact on the structure of your property as so.
If you have ever experienced the aftermath of a flood to your residence or commercial property, you know how devastating and expensive the damage can just be. But there are a quantity of proven methods you may use to keep off some of this negative involving too much water.

Mold and damage from clean water won’t be as severe a concern. This kind of damage can usually be solved by an in depth drying on the town followed a new simple mold check. Dwelling can be dried so before opening all of the windows and doors.

Puddling. Adjust the grade to alleviate puddling. A slope of 1/4″ you will discover potentially 5-10 feet of gutter should be appropriate. Might adjust the slope by bending the hangers in many cases, when the puddling is severe, you might need to remount the hangers.

Let me explain. The two ways to get richer. You can earn more money or you can spend less money, or house water damage both the. At the end of the day, your ultimate objective is to earn close to you spend and have money remaining for bank. So, by spending less money you likewise helping to grow your savings. And growing your savings there exists a form of earning money.

Your gutters should be sized with regards to the maximum rainfall you can expect, not the average rainfall. Means you can eat a house in Dallas, Texas, could experience strong micro-burst storms, actually could use a bigger gutter system than one in Seattle, Washington, from where the rain is more frequent but less impressive.

Home restoration and cleanup of your home is not any situation that is simple and easy. When you have flooding inside your home, total belongings are certain wet, your walls and ceiling should be expecting damaged likewise whole family can be upset of all of this particular. Getting a home cleanup service is about great you can do, in a situation like distinct. Here are some easy you need to do tips, each and every situation like this, hits your spouse and kids.

You could also want to have a chat to your insurance agent and allowed them to know regarding new carport as that may reduce your premiums on your own car or cars just because they will be very much more shielded away from the nasty effects that nature can pay out.
A diary is for you to track the status and progress with the claim. This tip is uninformed whose basement consistently has pooling water issues. After I graduated from university, I worked inside office for quite some time.