Vessel Medical Introduces Lab in a Box: Cutting Edge All-in-one Equipment That Can Turn a 600 Sqft Room into a COVID-19 Testing Lab

Posted ago by Kristina Loughrey

~Developed with key partners, Hamilton Company, Thermo Fisher, Grenova, and Premier Medical Laboratory Services~

GREENVILLE, SC October 23, 2020 – Vessel Medical, a provider of medical workflow solutions, supplies, and equipment, introduces their new and innovative Lab in a Box. Turnkey equipment that includes everything needed for professional laboratory level diagnostics, Lab in a Box is set to radically change the landscape of COVID-19 testing. Developed by leading scientists and technicians in partnership with Hamilton Company, Thermo Fisher, Grenova, and award winning diagnostics laboratory, Premier Medical Laboratory Services, Lab in a Box enables a high capacity of onsite diagnostics for hospitals, expanding laboratories, schools, and large companies in need of quick and accurate testing results.

Each turnkey lab solution includes the latest cutting edge technology that is pre-validated – All that is required is a brief onsite validation before testing can begin. With precision robotic instruments, lab in a box has high throughput liquid handling along with automated, custom-programmable pipetting that decreases human error and result turnaround time. Additionally, Vessel Medical’s Laboratory Information System (LIS) that is included reduces the result analysis time while increasing capacity exponentially.

“We developed Lab in a Box with the goal of providing the most efficient solution for companies and organizations to provide quality COVID-19 testing,” said Kevin Murdock, Founder of Vessel Medical. “This equipment conveniently provides the most cutting edge technology for accurate testing while saving time and money. We’re happy to help protect businesses, organizations and the people who work for them.”  

At a time when many companies are losing revenue due to COVID-19, in-house testing with Vessel Medical’s Lab in a Box will allow for millions of dollars annually saved in testing expenses. For example, a company that processes 3,000 tests per day saves just under $200,000 per day when compared to outsourced testing. And, companies that process 12,000 tests per day save up to $600,000 per day with this turnkey equipment.

The key features of Lab in a Box help companies to begin testing and to maintain a testing flow uninterrupted. Aside from COVID-19 assays, companies, expanding labs, and organizations can easily pivot their workflow to include detection of other common pathogens as well as genetic testing with upper respiratory, antibiotic resistance, pharmacogenomics, cancer risk screening, Flu A & B, and Std/UTI assays.

The following options are available for purchase of Lab in a Box to suit various organization sizes and needs:

  • The Tomahawk processes up to 1,000 tests per day and is designed for smaller organizations
  • The Maverick processes up to 3,000 tests per day and is designed for start ups
  • The Missile processes up to 6,000 tests per day and is designed for medium sized organizations and expanding labs
  • The Patriot processes up to 12,000 tests per day and is designed for high volume testing

To get started with Lab in a Box today, please visit www.covidlabinabox.com or call 866-575-7878.

Universities Across South Carolina Turn to Leading Medical Supply Firm, Vessel Medical, for COVID-19 Safety Preparations

Posted ago by Kristina Loughrey

~New COVID-19 safety program, MDHealthPro Opening Up America Again, provides the latest in testing, safety supplies, and monitoring services for universities~

GREENVILLE, SC June 30, 2020  – As universities nationwide plan for the upcoming fall semester, they are tasked with deciding on best practices and protocols to implement for COVID-19 safety. Vessel Medical, a medical supply firm specializing in personal protective equipment, has a new safety program specifically designed to equip universities with the latest in medical supplies, testing, and monitoring services – delivering an optimum line of defense against COVID-19. To protect students, faculty, and staff for the upcoming fall semester, major universities across the state of South Carolina have already turned to Vessel Medical for their comprehensive, customizable COVID-19 safety program, MDHealthPro Opening Up America Again. With this program, universities can be certain that they have the most effective safety strategy in place tailored to their specific reopening needs.

The MDHealthPro Opening Up America Again program is designed for universities large and small to implement appropriate policies in accordance with federal, state, and local guidance and regulations. The program ensures the most effective measures are taken for testing, contact tracing, social distancing, isolating, temperature checks, protective equipment, sanitation and disinfection of common high-traffic areas. Having this proficiently customized strategy in place will ensure that collegiate institutions across the country have the right amount of quality protection supplies, monitoring technology, and testing, performed by Premier Medical Laboratory Services (PMLS), one of the country’s leading commercial laboratories for COVID-19 testing, all readily available for their faculty, staff, and students when needed.

“We want to help universities to assure their employees and students that the best safety precautions are being taken against COVID-19 as they return to the classroom,” said Kevin Murdock founder of Vessel Medical and Premier Medical Laboratory Services. “We hope to take some of the fear and confusion away from the reopening process while helping with the latest methods to keep schools healthy, safe, and able to fully focus on education.”

The MDHealthPro Opening Up America Again program includes three components:

  • Testing

The testing component equips universities with high complexity diagnostic testing for COVID-19 and a 24-48 hour turnaround of results. The Sars-Cov-2 package of testing also includes antibody testing (IgG/IgM Elisa) and rapid testing (POC IgG/IgM kits). Both testing packages include daily courier pickup/UPS next day, collection devices, other ancillary supplies and a certification letter of faculty, staff, and student testing.

  • Safety

The safety component provides PPE and other supplies including Level 1 triple layer washable cloth masks that can be customized with a school logo, N95 masks, disinfectants, gloves, and gowns.

  • Monitoring

The monitoring component delivers entry point monitoring of faculty, staff, and students’ temperature by way of forehead thermometer devices or infrared digital fever detection using thermal imaging and monitoring systems.

Vessel Medical is dedicated to supporting universities that implement the MDHealthPro Opening Up America Program. From onboarding of the program to continuous technical support and advisement, Vessel Medical will ensure that schools can always prioritize education and be assured they have the latest in safety measures, technology, and testing to keep their staff and students safe. 

For universities who would like more information on how to best reopen safely, please visit www.vesselmedical.com or call 866.451.MEDS (6337).

Rapid Antibody Test Kits for COVID-19 Now Available Through South Carolina Medical Supply Firm, Vessel Medical

Posted ago by Kristina Loughrey

~ Easy to Read Results Provided in Under 15 Minutes ~

GREENVILLE, SC June 10, 2020 – As America moves through phases of reopening, an increase in COVID-19 testing has largely contributed to the ability of the population to return to a sense of normalcy. Ongoing research will be paramount for the country to maintain the path to a fully operating economy and to prepare for any subsequent waves of infection. In addition to testing for the presence of COVID-19 with PCR tests, now that many have suffered from COVID-19, antibody testing is becoming more critical in compiling accurate data for a wider understanding of the virus. That’s why Vessel Medical, a provider of medical workflow solutions, supplies, and equipment, dedicated to providing testing kits and medical supplies needed for battling COVID-19, is now increasing access to quality SARS-CoV-2 rapid antibody test kits throughout the US.

Granted emergency use authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Vessel Medical’s antibody test kits are available to be shipped nationwide for detection of COVID-19 Immunoglobulin G and Immunoglobulin M (IgG/IgM) antibodies. The test kits are developed for sample collection via a finger prick in which blood is then placed on a cartridge that will provide easy to read results in under 15 minutes. Results of this serological test determine if there is a presence of antibodies in the patient sample, indicating that the patient had a past infection with the COVID-19 virus and could potentially be immune to reinfection – Antibodies are disease specific proteins that usually help to fight off infections and provide protection against getting that same disease again (immunity).

“We are determined in doing our part for opening up America again and will continue meeting COVID-19 head-on by providing solutions to the latest testing demands,” said Kevin Murdock, founder of Vessel Medical.

Aside from determining potential immunity from a reinfection of COVID-19, the other benefits to receiving antibody testing are:

  • To help in developing a vaccine for COVID-19
  • To help provide researchers and healthcare professionals further understanding of COVID-19
  • To determine a patient’s ability to donate antibody-rich plasma which can be used in convalescent plasma therapy, potentially helping other patients overcome COVID-19
  • To help guide doctors in providing the correct clinical care for specific patient needs

In their efforts to fight against COVID-19, Vessel Medical also recently launched a program specifically designed for returning employees safely to work. The program, MDHealthPro Opening Up America Again developed with leading laboratory, Premier Medical Laboratory Services, equips businesses with the latest in safety, monitoring, and testing for COVID-19. Along with the introduction of this program to provide safety solutions, Vessel Medical donated thousands of N95 masks to hospital systems, fire departments, and police departments throughout South Carolina, where they are headquartered.

Hospitals and physicians offices can order antibody tests today by visiting www.vesselmedical.com or calling 1.866.451.6337.

Vessel Medical Introduces COVID-19 Safety Program Designed for Returning Employees to Work

Posted ago by Kristina Loughrey

~ Comprehensive MDHealthPro program includes COVID-19 testing, safety supplies, and monitoring services ~

GREENVILLE, SC May 20, 2020  – As businesses across the country begin to reopen, many employers are uncertain of exactly what measures are needed to safely return their employees to work. Vessel Medical, a medical supply firm specializing in personal protective equipment has partnered with Premier Medical Laboratory Services (PMLS), one of the country’s leading commercial laboratories for COVID-19 testing, to create a comprehensive customizable COVID-19 program which covers testing, safety, and monitoring of employees; MDHealthPro for Opening Up America Again. With this program, employers can be certain that they have a safety strategy in place tailored to the specific reopening needs of their businesses.

The MDHealthPro Opening Up America Again program is developed for businesses to implement appropriate policies informed by industry best practices and in accordance with federal, state, and local guidance and regulations. The program ensures the most effective measures are taken for testing, contact tracing, social distancing, isolating, temperature checks, protective equipment, sanitation and disinfection of common high-traffic areas. Having this proficiently customized strategy in place will ensure that employers have the right amount of quality protection supplies, monitoring technology, and testing all readily available for their staff when needed.

“We want to help businesses to assure their employees that the best safety precautions are being taken against COVID-19 as they return to work,” said Kevin Murdock founder of Premier Medical Laboratory Services and Vessel Medical. “Employers already have much to face in reopening their businesses, and we hope to take some of the fear and confusion away from the process while helping with the latest methods to keep them healthy, safe, and able to remain in full operation.”

The MDHealthPro Opening Up America Again program includes three components:

  1. Testing

The testing component equips businesses with high complexity diagnostic testing for COVID-19 and a 24-48 hour turnaround of results. The Sars-Cov-2 package of testing also includes antibody testing (IgG/IgM Elisa) and rapid testing (POC IgG/IgM kits). Both testing packages include daily courier pickup/UPS next day, collection devices, other ancillary supplies and a certification letter of employee testing.

  • Safety

The safety component provides PPE and other supplies including N95 masks, Level 1 triple layer washable cloth masks that can be customized with a company logo, disinfectants, gloves, and gowns.

  • Monitoring

The monitoring component delivers entry point monitoring of employee temperature by way of forehead thermometer devices or infrared digital fever detection using thermal imaging and monitoring systems.

Vessel Medical is dedicated to supporting businesses that implement the MDHealthPro Opening Up America Program. From onboarding of the program to continuous technical support and advisement, Vessel Medical will ensure that employers can always prioritize their company operations and be assured they have the latest in safety measures, technology, and testing to keep their staff safe. 

For employers who would like more information on how to best reopen their business safely, please visit www.vesselmedical.com or call 866.451.MEDS (6337).

Vessel Medical Donates Thousands of N95 Masks to South Carolina Frontline Workers in Preparation for Reopening of the State

Posted ago by Kristina Loughrey

GREENVILLE, SC May 7, 2020  – Vessel Medical, a provider of medical workflow solutions, supplies, and equipment, is donating thousands of N95 masks to police departments, fire departments and hospital systems across South Carolina amid the current global shortage of personal protective equipment. As these frontline workers continue to keep South Carolina safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Vessel Medical wants to do their part ensuring these workers receive the potentially lifesaving protection that these masks provide.

The thousands of N95 masks being donated at no cost account for roughly 25 percent of Vessel Medical’s total mask supply on hand in which could be sold for profit. Now, thousands of policemen, firemen, EMT’s, and hospital healthcare workers of South Carolina will have this personal protective equipment to more safely continue their daily work.

“The hospital systems, fire departments, and police departments that we’re donating these masks to are vital in keeping South Carolinians safe, now more than ever,” said Kevin Murdock, founder of Vessel Medical. “We value all that these frontline workers do to serve our state, and know the difficulty that they are facing in attaining enough of these masks for their work force. These donations are a top priority for us as we feel the need to help where we can.”

N95 masks are designed to provide the best barrier of protection from small airborne droplets containing COVID-19 – the 95 designation indicating that the mask blocks at least 95 percent of very small (0.3 micron) particles. Consequently, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the extreme surge in demand of N95 masks that the world is facing today –  a recent government survey of hospitals across the US concluded that these masks are still at the top of the list for personal protective equipment items in shortage during the pandemic.

Vessel Medical, so far, has donated to four hospital systems and eleven first responder units across the state of South Carolina.

For more information about Vessel Medical, please call 866.451.MEDS (6337) or visit www.vesselmedical.com.

Early Signs of the Flu

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Feel A Tickle? Get Some Zinc!

By the time you feel the tickle in your throat, it’s likely the flu has already gotten a hold of you. But there are some things you can do to stop the progressive symptoms of influenza from having their fullest effect. Oftentimes when the flu comes, you’ll feel a bit of a tickle in the back of your throat. It’ll usually come after a slight cough over something–you might think you just swallowed your food incorrectly. At least, that’s what you hope. You’ll usually wait a few hours to be sure, hoping against hope you haven’t caught something. That’s the mistake! Whenever you feel that slight tickle, get some zinc in you immediately; also drink some water, and find a way of getting Vitamin C or Vitamin D. You don’t want to do too much of any mineral or vitamin substance; it’ll just be urinated away later. But immediately assisting your immune system is advisable. The next thing you should do is get a hearty, healthy meal and some rest.  

Nausea

Influenza hits everybody differently. You might start feeling a slight cramping pain in your stomach that steadily worsens and precludes all thought of food. This is another early sign of the influenza virus. Certainly, it could just be garden variety cramps; but if you’ve felt weak at all, or fatigued, the stomach pain may very well be flu.

Sudden Excessive Weakness, Or Fatigue

Have you ever had your energy just disappear, out of the blue, only to come down with the flu the next day? Well, by the time you start experiencing secondary symptoms, your body’s already been flighting off the flu for a while. When you felt tired, that was probably when things really pitched into high gear. If you suddenly get tired like that, again, immediately replenish yourself with vitamins, minerals, and food in requisite portions. Be sure to hydrate, and then rest.

Aches and Chills

These don’t often manifest until maturity. Children do get aches and chills with the flu, but these symptoms are much more acute in adulthood. If you’re not nauseous, you don’t have a tickle in the throat, you aren’t suddenly weak or fatigued, but you’re unconscionably cold in an otherwise warm environment, or your body has that bone-tingling ache for no good reason, that’s a pretty clear indication of influenza infection.

Random Cough

Why are you coughing if you don’t smoke, and you haven’t swallowed something incorrectly? Do you have a chronic cough? If not, then it may be an early sign of the flu. Again, take health and rest measures. Airborne has some great vitamins in it, but zinc, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D are also to be recommended. Chicken noodle soup, orange juice, big glasses of water, gatorade, rest, sleep–these can help it go away. Also, tea can be very soothing to the throat and body.

The Best Defense Is A Good Offense

How can you be offensively defensive when it comes to the flu? Exercise regularly, eat healthy, avoid processed foods, and if you’ve got any addictions moderate them as much as you can. Quitting is recommendable, but between coffee, chocolate, medicines of the psycho-active variety, alcohol, tobacco, soda-pop, synthetic sugars, artificial butter, “enriched” flower, and a bevy of other unhealthy foodstuffs and vice, completely refraining from addiction may not be possible. But whatever you can do to strengthen your body should be done beforehand. And when you’re in the highest physical form, and the peak of health, then it is time for a flu vaccine. This will have the most cumulative effect.

What is Flu Immunity?

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flu-virus-main Immunity system is the part of your body functionality that helps defend your body against diseases. It involves a network of organs and cells that help stop threats from viral or bacterial infections attacking your body at any time. Flu Infection is one of the many infections your body immunity works to fight. If you can survive an outbreak of the flu without getting the infection, then your body is immune to the infection.

How the immune system works.

The defense mechanism of your body is made up of antibodies. Also known as immunoglobulins, the antibodies are Y-shaped proteins which identify and remove abnormal or foreign antigens such as the virus and the bacteria. Each antibody detects a specific foreign cell by the use of its Y tips. The two ends of an antibody are specific to one antigen which allows various antibodies to bind to a wide range of foreign cells. The antibodies are produced in response to foreign cells detected in the body. Through the raised production of antigens when fighting against common illnesses like a cold or the flu, the body can protect itself from major illnesses like heart disease or even cancer. Other than the antibodies, the body defense may also respond to an attack by using the cell-mediated immune system. This is where your body through the help of the immune system cells creates memories of the past defenses against specific threats. When the immune system recognizes the foreign substances from a past invasion, it calls on the memory and destroys the threat before the disease gets a chance to mutate and become harder to fight. Vaccines and immunizations use this mechanism where they contain small and harmless amounts of the disease. The shot helps to trigger the body’s memory where your immune cells react by raising defense against the infection and destroying it.

Ways of maintaining your immune system

You may be lowering your immune system through myriad ways without knowing and which can be dangerous. This is because it makes you susceptible to any form of attack, even the most common like the cold. Most of them are bad health habits that can be easily avoided. They include;
  • Sleeping for less than seven hours
As small as it may seem, the issue of bad sleeping habits is one of the most crucial aspect of life that you should try to avoid. Sleeping for seven to eight hours boosts your body defenses, and in addition to this, your quality of life is improved.
  • High levels of stress
Balancing various issues in your life might be difficult. This is a disservice to your body as it produces increased amounts of hormones to try and cope with the situation which lowers your body immunity. Try to learn new techniques of dealing with stressful situations. They may include relaxation techniques like yoga and simple daily exercises.
  • Poor hygiene habits
These habits invite harmful organisms and bacterium into your body and may end up overwhelming it hence succumbing to infections and illnesses. A good hygiene habit to start with is washing your hands to keep germs at bay. Others include kitchen hygiene which is also crucial for everyone consuming food prepared in the kitchen.
  • Lack of exercise or too much exercise
Exercise on its own is a helpful technique that increases your body’s metabolism activities. Exercise, however, needs to be done cautiously as too much can cause problems with your cardiovascular system lowering your immunity. Your immune system is of utmost importance, therefore, the need to keep the healthy habits.

All You Need to Know About Purchasing the Flu Vaccine

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flu-shot   xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx The flu can be very unpleasant thanks to symptoms such as runny nose, sore throat, stomach upset, headache, body aches and fever. For people with compromised immune systems of other health conditions the flu can even be deadly which is why the flu vaccine is recommended for a large portion of the population. Of course there are people who cannot receive the vaccine because of prior complications to the vaccine or it’s ingredients or other health conditions. But for anyone that is eligible, it is recommended that they get the flu vaccine in order to protect themselves as well as protect others around them.

Your Doctor’s Office

At your next doctor’s appointment you can inquire about this year’s flu vaccine. Most doctor’s offices are the first location to receive the vaccine and can administer them when the weather is still warm out and the flu is nearly non-existent in your area. This can give your immune system the upper hand that it needs in order to build up effective immunity and prevent the flu later on when the weather turns cold and people start showing symptoms of the influenza.

Pharmacies

In addition to receiving the flu shot from your doctor’s office, you may notice that there are some pharmacies in your area that are advertising the flu shot. Some locations will require you to make an appointment ahead of time but more often than not, you can stop in at your convenience and receive the shot from your pharmacist in just a few minutes. You will be educated on any potential side effects you could experience and you can always call your pharmacy if you have questions after you have received the shot.

Businesses

Depending on where you work, you may hear about a couple of days each month where you could receive the flu shot for free through your work. Typically, a staff of trained nurses will come in to administer the shot and this is funded through your company. This helps you as someone who is looking to prevent getting sick and it helps your company because less employees will need to utilize their sick time if they are able to stay healthy all winter long in the midst of flu season. You can inquire with the staff providing the shots to find out more and to find out if you are eligible for the flu shot.

Side Effects

Of course, receiving the flu shot can bring about some side effects that you should keep an eye out for. You could experience some very mild flu-like symptoms like a sore throat or headache. Typically these symptoms will go away within a day or two and don’t reach the severity that the flu would if you became ill. It is usually recommended that you get the flu vaccine as early as you can that year when it becomes available. In many instances, the flu vaccine will be administered at a number of facilities and clinics but many time it will run out, leaving you vulnerable to the flu. Whether you need to purchase the flu vaccine through your doctor’s office or you are eligible to receive the vaccine for free, plan ahead and make sure you get the vaccine as soon as it is available. This will ensure you have the protection you need to fight off the flu if you do come into contact with someone who has been sick recently with the flu.

Ear Infection and Flu

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ear-infection-II   The flu can hit your home fast and hard with symptoms such as a high fever, severe body aches, chills, runny nose, sore throat, cough, vomiting and much more. Unlike other bacterial and viral illnesses, the flu can linger for a number of days and sometimes even weeks in the most severe cases. Staying in bed, staying hydrated and getting better are key points to getting better but for some people, secondary infections can occur as a result of the flu. Pneumonia is a big culprit, especially in the elderly population and ear infections are very common among children and young adults.

What Is It?

An ear infection occurs in the middle ear area and can be bacterial or viral in nature. When it comes after a flu it can be caused by the virus itself or by bacteria that has grown because of fluid buildup in this area during the height of flu symptoms. Typically the most common symptoms associated with an ear infection is pain in the affected ear or ears, discharge from the ear, a plugged feeling in the ear or dizziness. An ear infection can sometimes go away on its own but really shouldn’t be ignored as it can lead to complications like hearing loss if left untreated.

How Is It Treated?

If an ear infection has stemmed from the flu the ear infection itself can be treated. The influenza virus is viral in nature so an antibiotic isn’t going to work for that. However, if the ear infection is bacterial-based then an antibiotic can help. There are also a number of ear drops that can be administered directly in the ear canal to help alleviate pain, pressure and infection.

How Can You Tell Them Apart?

Pretty different in nature, ear infections will showcase symptoms that are pretty specific to the inner ear region. Unless the infection has spread you won’t feel the full body aches and symptoms that you feel with a flu virus. The flu can really knock a person off of their feet for an extended length of time and usually the person will be bed ridden for a number of days. While an ear infection can be a complete nuisance, you can usually function to some degree with it.

Home Remedies

If you are sick at home, or one of your children is sick and this prevents you from being able to get to the doctor immediately there are some ways you can cope with an ear infection at home. Of course rest is beneficial but when you lay down, have the affected ear upwards in the air if you are sleeping on your side. This can help your ear drain rather than have the fluid building up and symptoms becoming worse. You can apply warm and moist heat to the area around the ear as well as on top of the ear by way of a washcloth or a heating pack. Be careful not to use too hot of a temperature as you can burn yourself on this sensitive area. There are also over the counter ear drops that may help alleviate pain a bit and help you get through a few days where you can then be seen by your doctor. Hot showers provide heat and steam to loosen fluid and flush the area out. In order to prevent the flu as well as secondary infections such as an ear infection, the flu vaccine can be administered prior to the start of flu season. Depending on where you live, this could be as early as September or October. The flu vaccine is not one hundred percent effective against protecting against the flu but it can help create a pretty good barrier against illness along with proper rest, diet and exercise.

How to Protect Your Children from Diseases

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A sick young boy wiping his nose Children have sensitive immune systems and are more prone to catching infections than adults. The main reason for this is that they share most of their items and are usually in groups. You need to find ways you can protect your child from getting infections. Here are some of the ways you can do this;

Immunizations

Vaccines are not just for small children. Even older children and teenagers need to get the recommended vaccines. Vaccines are not only a way to protect your children but also for the protection of other children. Immunization prevents many diseases including some that are known to cause death and disability. Vaccines are also used to protect schools and communities from experiencing outbreaks. Immunizations have very few side effects and are usually needed before a child can attend daycare or start schooling.

Basic hygiene at home, school, and daycare

It is not possible to protect your child from all contagious diseases. However, you can minimize the risk of them getting ill by teaching them basic hygienic practices. These include the following:
  • The importance of washing their hands. Germs spread when people touch their nose, mouth, and eyes without washing their hands. They should be encouraged to wash their hands especially after visiting the toilet and before any meal. After washing hands, they should be completely dried. If you are not sure about the water in an area, you can use hand sanitizers as they also kill disease-causing germs.
  • Also, it is important to keep your mouth covered when coughing or sneezing to avoid spreading germs to others.
  • Children like sharing their things. However, teach your child not to share personal items with other children. Personal items include hats, combs, toothbrushes, silverware, food among others.
  • Children should also use tissues or a handkerchief to cover the mouth when coughing and sneezing. They should be taught the correct way to use them so that the drainage does not go to the hands. When using tissues, ensure that they are thrown in a trash can after use.
  • When drying the hands, they should use clean and dry paper towels that have not been used by other children as they can get germs from there.
  • They should also not touch the body fluids of other children. They should tell an adult or the caregiver if a child is bleeding or has accidentally passed urine or stool.
  • Also, ensure that all eating and drinking utensils are clean and children learn to wash fruits before they east them.

Basic hygiene in public places

  • When in public places, the child should not be allowed to eat with their hands until they are thoroughly washed.
  • Avoid letting your child be in contact with people with an obvious illness. Do not be afraid to force people to wash their hands if they want to interact with your child.
  • If you are putting your child at a daycare center, ensure that good hygienic practices are followed. Especially in food preparation areas and bathrooms. Also, ensure that there are clean bathroom facilities and there are procedures followed when your child becomes ill.
  • Also, follow instructions from a physician on the health of your child when they advise you to avoid public areas in specific situations. In case of an outbreak, avoid taking your small child or newborn to crowded areas since they can easily catch the infection.
The above measures will go along way in ensuring your child is healthy and protected against diseases.