Infection Prevention

July 19, 2017

Mosquitoes Are Back, Is Zika a Concern This Summer? An Expert Q&A

By Kendall Stacey RN & Board Certified Infection Prevention Specialist Q: Has there been a resurgence of Zika in the US this summer? A: The US is only seeing travel-related cases at this time. Keep in mind, Zika is caused by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a person […]

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July 7, 2017

The Truth about Antibacterial Soap – What Should You Be Using to Wash Your Hands?

By Kendall Stacey RN & Board Certified Infection Prevention Specialist Recent research on antibacterial soap shows that triclosan, usually the main ingredient in antibacterial soap, is a carcinogenic – a cancer-causing agent. According to the Food and Drug Administration, there isn’t enough research showing a benefit to antibacterial soap and long-term use shows a negative effect […]

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May 11, 2017

Hepatitis C – Are You in the Age Group That’s Five Times More Likely to Be Infected?

Did you know that most people with hepatitis C are not even aware that they are infected? Since many people can live with hepatitis C for decades without symptoms or feeling sick, testing is critical so those who are infected can get treated and cured. While anyone can get hepatitis C, 75 percent of infected […]

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March 10, 2017

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – Awareness Important Despite Declining Numbers

March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Women’s Health. The theme, The Best Defense Is a Good Offense, calls women to take effective steps to protect themselves and others from HIV. This day is an opportunity to join partners across the […]

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December 5, 2016

What’s Your Family Handwashing Policy? Are You Doing It Correctly?

We live by strict handwashing guidelines at Mission Health. That’s because it is the single most important measure in preventing the transmission of infectious agents. Or in layman’s terms, it prevents the spread of germs! Because it is National Handwashing Awareness Week, perhaps you’d like to implement a handwashing policy at home. It’s simple. When […]

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November 14, 2016

Get Smart About Antibiotics – Why Antibiotics Are Not Always the Answer

By Sue Cauthen RN, MSN Mission Health Infection Prevention The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has named November 14-20, 2016, Get Smart about Antibiotics Week to raise awareness of the importance of correctly using antibiotics, so that when we really need antibiotics they will work. Antibiotics are a resource that we want to […]

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July 28, 2016

Fear of Zika Virus Surrounds Rio Olympics, But Should You Be Concerned in WNC?

By Kendall Greenway, Mission Infection Prevention While many may think that the Zika Virus is something only Olympians are worried about or people in faraway lands, the truth is there have been 1,305 travel-associated cases reported in the U.S., with 18 in North Carolina as of July 13. The Zika Virus is spread to people primarily through […]

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May 29, 2015

What You Need to Know About Bladder Infections

Bladder infections are among the most common bacterial infections reported in the United States mostly in women. If untreated, bladder infections can lead to serious kidney infections. What are the symptoms of bladder infections? Pain with urination is the most common symptom. Other symptoms included having to go frequently, urgency, cloudy urine, and sometimes blood […]

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