Flu Season Infection Control

3 Misconceptions about Infectious Disease Preparation

As Ebola begins to fade from national headlines, a familiar threat reemerges: complacency.

Hospitals and healthcare facilities have been on high alert since American aid workers were infected several months ago. Infectious disease preparation has gotten a closer look. That’s the silver lining.

Unfortunately, this is momentum easily lost. The loudness of tightening budgets tends to drown out the murmurs of a timeworn scare.

Healthcare professionals cannot afford to lose focus on improving infectious disease preparation. “Superbugs” such as CRE, MRSA, and C. diff remain great concerns. It’s not about odds – it’s about possibilities.

Our goal is to provide you with ideas that complement or enhance your infectious disease preparation efforts. We also consider it our duty to debunk myths and clarify ambiguities that may exist when it comes to product solutions.

Here are 3 misconceptions about infectious event essentials:

Impermeable apparel cannot be breathable: False. Protection and discomfort are not synonymous. Impervious Protective Apparel is an ideal choice for first-response preparedness kits. They are anti-static treated, lint free, and prevent fluid splatter penetration while keeping wearers comfortably cool.


All N95 respirator masks are the same: Wrong. To achieve an N95 designation by the FDA, the respirator must block at least 95% of test particles. The similarities often end there. Some masks offer more breathing room than others and still meet the same criteria as other, less comfortable N95 masks.


Mixing bleach solution is a pain: This might be true, but needn’t be. It depends on your method and preference. Daily mixing of bleach bottles can be inconvenient and time consuming. However, the Fresh-Mix Bleach Dilution System mixes a precise 1:10 bleach solution with every squeeze of the trigger. The secret is the pre-calibrated valve, which ensures a 5,000ppm dilution every time.

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