Infection Prevention & Control

Graham Health Center
408 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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Personal Protection & Prevention

PREVENT ILLNESS

Avoid Droplet Spread:  Influenza virus is spread from person to person when an infected individual coughs or sneezes and sends small droplets through the air; this is known as “droplet spread”. Droplets become airborne and can land on the mouth or nose of people who are in close proximity. They can also land on any surface and contaminate an individual who touches the surface and then touches their own nose or mouth, or someone else’s, before washing their hands. Even though hand washing, social distancing and vaccination offer, perhaps the best defense against transmission of disease, the disinfection of environmental surfaces and the use of appropriate personal protective products can play an important role in keeping you healthy.

Personal Protection:

In addition to avoiding close contact, avoid touching your nose and mouth and wash your hands frequently. In the event that you must come into contact with potentially contaminated surfaces, you can further protect yourself by wearing gloves.

Currently, CDC does not recommend the use of masks as an influenza control strategy in non-healthcare settings. Since adults are contagious 1 day before symptoms appear and up to 5 days after onset of illness, practicing appropriate cough etiquette, including hand hygiene, is a far more effective means to limit transmission of disease. Although not recommended for departmental planning purposes, if desired, filtering facemasks are available for purchase.

Disinfect Environmental Surfaces:
So, what is a disinfectant? Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.org) defines disinfectants as antimicrobial agents that are applied to non-living objects to destroy microorganisms, the process of which is known as disinfection.

In the United States, liquid chemical germicides (disinfectants) are regulated by EPA (www.epa.gov) and FDA (www.FDA.gov ). EPA maintains listings of registered antimicrobial products that are effective against certain blood borne/body fluid pathogens, Mycobacteria tuberculosis, human HIV-1 virus, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C Viruses. In addition; they maintain factsheets on registered antimicrobial products with label claims for avian (bird) flu disinfectants.

As part of a complete infection and prevention program, utilizing disinfectants to maintain your office area, telephone and other work surfaces free of germs is a good idea. In addition, the use of hand sanitizers with a minimum of 60% alcohol is recommended when access to soap and running water is not practical. It is recommended that departments consider their needs with regards to protection and disinfection as part of regular infection control techniques and as it relates to business continuity planning in the event of a University closure.

How to Order:
OU employees can purchase effective sanitizers and disinfectants from a variety of approved vendors including Grainger and Detroit Pencil Company
.

To Order from Grainger On-Line:
Go To: www.grainger.com/pandemic
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Not registered? Create a User ID and Password using OU Account # 861244358.
Click on “Personal Lists”, View “Shared Personal Lists”, Select “IPC Product Recommendations”
To place an order you MUST have a Small Order P.O. (SOP) or an O.U. P-Card.

To Order from Detroit Pencil Company On-Line:
Visit www.detroitpencilcompany.com