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Germ Activity: Fill in the blank game

posted May 26, 2015, 11:17 AM by Todd Fox   [ updated May 26, 2015, 11:19 AM ]

Use this fill-in game to create an health lesson for your class.


Need a fun and easy lesson for your class that will teach them hand washing? This game is one of them! Simply use this fill-in game to teach them how to best deal with germs. Handwashing is an important skill that all students must know how to properly do. 

If your students are spreading germs (common cold, the flu, pink eye, measles, mumps, chicken pox, and other illnesses) then the learning atmosphere suffers.

Simply copy this game text into a Word Doc and make copies for your students. Have them determine which health term fits in each of the marked spots. 

You can create a competition and also use a Glo Germ Kit to show them how germs spread (Glo Gel is simulation germ lotion that shines brightly under a UV black light).

Stop Spreading Germs!

Use the words in the box to complete this story about a day of being a germ!

tissue       sick            wash         small        soap         dirty         hands        germs        pencil

 

I am a germ! I love being a germ. I am too __________ for anyone to even see me! I like to hide in places where it is _____________. I am a pretty strong germ! When I get into a kid’s body, I can make that kid __________. One day, I got sneezed out by a sick kid who didn’t use a ____________ and then I got all over his ____________. Soon his friend used his pencil, and then forgot to _____________ his ____________ before eating lunch. I got to make him sick, too! I am scared of _____________ because it gets rid of lots of _____________ like me! 





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Infection Control Training Instructions: Glo Germ ideas and processes

posted May 18, 2015, 9:17 AM by Todd Fox   [ updated May 18, 2015, 9:18 AM ]

Need to teach about germs? There isn't a better infection control training than Glo Germ. The following will walk you through step by step how to prepare and conduct a Glo Germ lesson. These instructions should help you answer all of your questions so your students will learn better.

The Training: Introduction


Make sure to properly introduce the Glo Germ training so that maximum participation can be realized by the audience. Questions are often very effective to get the audience engaged in the trainings. Use these points to help formulate your introduction approach: 

  1. Briefly explain to the audience about the visualization exercise they will soon witness (simulation germs with fluorescent powder or gel). 
  2. Ask the audience questions similar to: 
    1. How do illnesses spread?
    2. What is an epidemic? 
    3. Have you ever gotten sick after you have been near other sick people? 
    4. Do you think you wash your hands well enough? 
    5. Have you had any experiences where you have observed others not washing their hands? 
    6. What are some of the basic steps to staying healthy and not spreading illness? 

The Training: The Activity


The activity should be engaging and allow the audience to experiment with the Glo Germ simulation. The following suggestions are recommended for an effective training activity: 

  1. Remember, get creative because this training should be fun! 
  2. Explain that the fluorescent lotion or powder represents germs or other unclean particles.
  3. Explain that you did or will apply the lotion or powder to certain areas. 
  4. Turn off the lights 
  5. Turn on the black light 
  6. Wave the black light over the applied areas (i.e. counters, doorknobs, hands, or other areas where the audiences’ hands may have touched). 
  7. Explain how germs and other unclean particles are often invisible to the human eye, but they still exist (hence they show up under the black light). 
  8. Wash the applied areas or have students wash the applied areas (i.e. counters, doorknobs, hands, or other areas where students’ hands may have touched). 
  9. Show students that, although thorough cleaning attempts are made, germs and other unclean particles remain. 
  10. Mark the “Hand Washing Test” for each student so they know where to better clean their hands the next time their hands are dirty. 
  11. Instruct them on more thorough cleaning processes. For example, have them pay more attention to: 
    1. Going through a regular cleaning process 
    2. Spending more time washing hands and affected areas 
    3. Washing in and around cracks and crevices 
    4. Using more soap during cleaning 
    5. Etc. 

The Training: Conclusion


The conclusion on Glo Germ should sum up the information that was discussed in the introduction and apply what was learned during the activity. In addition, use this time to display evidence in order to back up what was seen during the germ simulation. Show examples and tell stories. The following steps will help give you ideas that will create a lasting impression in the minds of the audience. 

  1. Supplement the training with statistics on the amount of sick days your organization or the average organization uses in a year. What are the effects on business (operations, sales, profit, etc.) dealing with the number of absences? What is the effect of a child’s education if he/she often is absent? 
  2. Share stories that deal with illnesses. Stories dealing with preventable illnesses (preventable if the person(s) involved maintained a clean environment) are the most effective. 
  3. Relate how this training can be applied outside of the organization. Explain how the training can be taught to their friends and family at home. Many illness outbreaks stem from bad habits learned at home. These bad habits are often subsequently transferred to the work and school environments. 
  4. Set up a timetable for future hygiene goals. Help the students plan out when they will observe good hygiene principles. Use this blog to find other infection control games and activities.


Consider this case study:

  • Who: Mandy Olsen 
  • What: Pre-School Hygiene Training 
  • Where: Minneapolis, MN 
  • When: November 2010 
  • Why: Mandy runs a small daycare out her home and was concerned about the spread of illness and disease. She was also looking to bolster her risk management efforts and avoid the potential of claims/lawsuits. 
  • How: An Glo Germ kit was used (lotion, black light, etc.) to show students the invisible effects of not washing hands, not covering their mouths when they cough and sneeze, and leaving their environment unclean. The students found it fun and remember now to clean up more often. Parents have commented on how impressed they are of the new standards.





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Standard Precaution poster giveaway

posted May 12, 2015, 9:11 PM by Todd Fox   [ updated May 19, 2015, 12:28 PM ]

We gave 2 sets of laminated Standard Precaution posters away. Congratulations to the current winners! Enter below for a chance to win the next time we have free items available.


Current Winners:

Maria Whitaker (Cortland Regional Medical Center)

Karen (Essex Specialized Surgical Institute)



Enter email here for the next drawing: 

*Includes 5 posters (Standard, Contact, Airborne, Droplet, and Respiratory). Only Continental US and Canada residents are eligible. Includes free shipping so all expenses are taken care of. Winners will be announced by email and on the entry form webpage.


If you don't want to wait, you can always get free PDF versions of the Standard Precautions.

Download now >


Good luck to the entrants. We also hope you take advantage of the free Standard Precaution poster PDFs if you do not win. Feel free to forward this page to others that could use these resources.


Links of interest:

Contact Precaution poster PDF

Droplet Precaution poster PDF

Airborne Precaution poster PDF

Respiratory Etiquette Precaution poster PDF

Standard Precaution poster PDF

Glo Germ Kit (free shipping)



Germ Songs for Hand Washing Lessons

posted May 11, 2015, 8:50 PM by Todd Fox   [ updated May 11, 2015, 8:53 PM ]


Part 1 of 2
Germ songs are written to the tunes of familiar tunes

Washing My Hands is Fun to Do

Tune:  Fun to Do

Lyrics:

Washing my hands is fun to do 
Fun to do 
To do to do 
Washing my hands is fun to do 
To do to do to do

Actions:  Kids can rub their hands together while singing the song


Do You Know the Germ Man?

Tune:  Do You Know the Muffin Man?

Lyrics:

I need to wash my hands
To wash my hands
To wash my hands
I need to wash my hands
So I don’t get sick!

Actions:  Kids can rub their hands together while singing the song


Wash Your Hands

Tune:  Pat-A-Cake

Lyrics:

Wash your hands, wash your hands, every day
After I eat, after I play
Rinse them, lather, and scrub the germs away
So you won’t get sick and can run and play!

Actions:  Kids can rub their hands together while singing the song


I Love to Wash My Hands

Tune:  Mary had a Little Lamb

Lyrics:

I Love to wash my hands
Wash my hands
Wash my hands
I love to wash my hands
So, I don’t get sick!

Actions:  Kids can rub their hands together while singing the song

We recommend using a Glo Germ Kit to help teach hand hygiene in conjunction with these songs. The more you can create a fun learning environment, the longer your students will remember to wash their hands.

Clean hands makes for clean and healthy classrooms! Teach them now and maybe they'll practice good hygiene over their summer break.





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Glo Germ Fraud Alert

posted May 7, 2015, 12:27 PM by Todd Fox   [ updated May 7, 2015, 12:30 PM ]


Please take a few minutes and read the fraud alert issued by the Glo Germ Company. No need to worry if you received a letter. Just let them know!

Glo Germ has never been better. It is used to train thousands of employees and professionals each year on hand washing best practices. Glo Germ is going away anytime soon. It is still the number one training for hand hygiene even in a more technical world. In fact, it works well in conjunction with the tracking technology. Glo Germ teaches and the RFID chips track. Perfect partnership.



You can reach out if you have any questions.

Thanks,

OUTFOX Management



How to Conduct an Infection Control Lesson

posted May 4, 2015, 10:47 AM by Todd Fox   [ updated May 4, 2015, 10:48 AM ]

For healthcare organizations, educational institutions (schools, colleges, etc.), food service businesses, dental offices and many more!


Your lesson must be engaging and have an effective follow through schedule or else it will not be beneficial. Students will continue to spread illnesses to other students, miss school and also get you sick unless you stop the cycle. We have set up a system that will walk you and the students through a simple training for a healthier future. 

Preparation 


Before you can teach you must prepare. You should research topics and use best practices that you can add as a testimony to the class. In essence, you should be a believer and be an example to the students to effectively relay the hygiene principles. 

The OUTFOX hygiene blog gives pointers and provides a helpful checklist that will help you organize the lesson you will undertake. Having proper organization will set the students up for success and create an environment that promotes healthy habits. 

Audience Evaluation 


Part of the preparation process is knowing your audience. It is assumed that you have been teaching your class or have been introduced to your class before the school year. You should have a general idea of the personality differences, gender percentages, socioeconomic statuses, and other factors that affect the way you teach. 

Just as you tailor the lessons for general education topics, you must tailor the way you teach hygiene and infection control. OUTFOX provides tools that help you ask questions to develop effective lesson plans. Analyze which lesson elements should be emphasized (i.e. more games, more activities, more tests, etc.) for an effective training. 

Training 


After preparing for and analyzing the class you must set a time frame for the training. The lesson timing is at the discretion of the teacher, but there is a recommended time of the year for most programs (i.e. Health Week, beginning of the year, Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc.). OUTFOX has recommended products to supplement lessons which include the Glo Germ Kit (simulation germ powder, lotion, DVD, and black light), posters, signs, board games, supportive products (T-Shirts, magnets, mugs, etc.), prizes (pencils, stickers, hygiene related candy, etc.). 

Make the lesson fun and memorable. The bigger the event, the more likely the principles will be embossed in the minds of the students. Part of making the lesson memorable includes getting the students’ parents or guardians involved so the hygiene principles are practiced at home as needed. 

Follow Up Action 


The preparation and lesson will be ineffective unless you follow up by instituting concrete hygiene principles and habit building. You must live up to the principles you are teaching the students. 

It is recommended to build a schedule for the students so they can practice hygiene principles every day. Use one of the many lesson plans provided that deal with schedules and establishing habits. For example, have the students wash their hands as they come into class, before and after recess, before and after lunch, and when the class engages in hands-on activities. Maintaining a schedule will guarantee that you will see a difference in the amount illnesses contracted in your class.  











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Glove Removal Test Activity

posted Apr 30, 2015, 7:46 PM by Todd Fox   [ updated Apr 30, 2015, 7:53 PM ]

Teach the best way to remove gloves without spreading more infection

 Glo Germ Health Lesson

Glo Germ Lesson: Glove Removal Test

Glove Removal Test

 

 

Content Objective:

Faculty and students will learn the proper way to apply and remove gloves for emergency situations.  Faculty and students will gain confidence when handling blood and other infectious situations.  In addition, faculty and students will see the effects of careless glove removal.

Materials:

Glo Germ Kit, box(es) of gloves (make sure to choose the variety of glove types available to your organization to simulate a normal glove offering), Glove Removal Handout (PDF is attached), flipcharts, Certificates of Achievement, prizes and awards, Instructional video on blood and protective equipment (optional), etc. 

Vocabulary

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Virus
  • Blood Pathogens

Building Background Knowledge:

Ask students the following questions:

  • How do gloves and other personal protective equipment help keep faculty and students safe?
    • The caregiver is protected from infectious agents
    • The injured/hurt individual is protected from further infectious agents from the caregiver
  • Why is glove removal important? (main cause of spreading)
  • How do gloves deceive users of eliminating the risk of infectious germs?
    • The average person thinks that wearing  gloves takes away the risk of germs, but they forget about the importance of not touching articles of clothing, their face, and so forth.

Exploration:

 

  • Make sure all students or faculty members can effectively put on gloves.
  • Use the Glo Germ Powder to illustrate how germs spread and affect us daily.
    • Have students apply the Glo Germ Gel or Powder.  Make sure they get it all over their hands (i.e. doorknobs, sinks, pencils, or other designated area)
    • Using the black light, show students how germs lurk on their hands
    • Have them wash their hands and check for the germs again
    • Use the Glo Germ Lotion or Powder for many of the activities and games supplied by OUTFOX in this manual

Explanation:

 

Introduce the subject by emphasizing that, even with the use of gloves, infectious particles can pass from person to person.  First, have your employee(s) wash their hands properly and apply a pair of gloves.  Once they have gloves on, apply the simulated germs (Glo Germ Lotion or Powder).  You can apply the Lotion or Powder to the gloves directly or to an item and have them “use” the item to get the germs spreading.

Next, show them the simulated germs with a black light in a dark or shaded area.  Then, instruct them to remove their gloves as they would on a normal basis.  Turn the black light on once more and inspect their hands, gowns, workstation, etc. for spread germs.  Especially check for “flipped” particles and point out that the contents flipped onto areas in the classroom could be highly infectious material. 

Share statistics or stories to further illustrate the importance of handling infectious agents, even in disposal.  Have the faculty or students repeat the task as many times as necessary to get optimal results.  Finally, pass out certificates, awards and prizes to those that completed the training successfully and excelled at the task.

“Hands On Experience:”

 

  • Fluorescent Germs
  • Seeing how germs spread (even onto clothes and other places)
  • Getting gloves off without spreading more germs
  • Inspecting the area for “Flipped” germs

Wrap Up:

 

  • Ensure that all faculty members or students are present and attentive (it is recommended to form a circle during the demonstrations) while each person is being checked. 
  • Run through each question asked at the beginning of the lesson one more time and talk about the new insight gained.

Home Connection:

 

  • Have the faculty member or student tell at least one person about their experience.
  • Show family members and friends the Glove Removal Handout to illustrate best practice standards

 





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Cleanest Area Competition Activity with Glo Germ

posted Apr 29, 2015, 8:55 PM by Todd Fox   [ updated Apr 29, 2015, 8:57 PM ]

Use the participants' competitive nature to teach infection control 

Glo Germ Health Lesson

Glo Germ Lesson: Cleanest Area Competition

Cleanest Area Competition


 

Content Objective:

Students will be able to use effective cleaning techniques and procedures.  In addition, the lesson should show how speed and effort are key factors that determine whether a workstation gets clean or not.  The creation of a competitive setting should help engage the student base.

Materials:

Glo Germ Kit; 2-4 identical desks or workstations of any kind; educational and promotional posters; prizes and awards (which could include pencils, magnets, etc.); stopwatch(es); cleaning supplies for each team; Certificates of Achievement; Cleanest Area Competition Prize Ribbons; etc.

Vocabulary

  • Clean
  • Antibacterial
  • Sanitize (Sanitation)

Building Background Knowledge:

Ask students the following questions:

  • Why is it important to maintain a clean environment?
  • How can someone really tell if you cleaned a certain area?
    • Specifically, did you know germs are too small to see?
  • What are the benefits of cleaning up your area at school and cleaning up your area at home?

Exploration:

 

  • Show two identical areas or items (one with the invisible fluorescent germs and one without)
  • Use the Glo Germ Kit to illustrate how germs spread and affect us daily.
    • Have students apply the Glo Germ fluorescent lotion or Powder.  Make sure they get it all over their hands (i.e. doorknobs, sinks, pencils, or other designated area)
    • Using the black light, show students how germs lurk on their hands
    • Have them wash their hands and check for the germs again
    • Use the Identifier Lotion or Powder for many of the activities and games supplied by OUTFOX in this blog

Explanation:

 

Start the lesson with an explanation of the competition.  Show an example of two identical items and how one has the invisible germs (to the naked eye).  Explain that when you are cleaning you cannot check how effective you are.  Hence you need to be thorough and make an effort to clean all areas.

First, split the class into teams.  Disclose the cleaning criteria that they will be judged on.  Next, establish the time limit and elect the judges. To start the competition evenly spread Glo Germ Powder or lotion on the competing desks, workstations or sinks (best if you do this before class or when the teams are not watching). 

Make sure all teams have identical cleaning supplies.  Next, reiterate the rules before they begin so there is no confusion (cleaning criteria, time limit, etc.).  Finally, Start the stopwatch! 

Once a team finishes or time runs out, inspect for cleanliness.  Turn off the classroom lights and use the black light to inspect for spots or areas that were missed.  To award the winning team(s), hold an awards assembly and pass out Certificates of Achievement to all participants.  Hand out awards or prizes to the best teams to stimulate positive behavior.

“Hands On Experience:”

 

  • Cleaning Competition
    • Can be as intense and involved as you would like
    • Can be done over one day or many
    • Can be a team or individual competition
    • Can be a whole area, just their desks, or any other area that shares common characteristics

Wrap Up:

 

  • The best way to wrap up is to take all teams (or individuals) around to the cleaned workstations or areas and demonstrate the positive and negatives (while using the black light to show left over “germs”)
  • The awards ceremony and germ-themed prizes will be great takeaways from the lesson

Home Connection:

 

  • Germ-themed prizes and awards
  • Certificates of Achievement
  • Encourage the students to hold a competition of their own at home (may have to judge based off of visible dirt and grime unless they have purchased an at-home Glo Germ Kit)

 

 





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Submit Form for Hand Efficiency Test

posted Apr 25, 2015, 10:38 PM by Todd Fox   [ updated Apr 26, 2015, 10:47 PM ]



Highly educated doctors and general hospital staff members (excluding nurses) have the lowest hand hygiene levels - that is the hypothesis. Why test this? Because we have spoken with a multitude of frustrated Infection Preventionists and nurses who want this assumption confirmed (which will help them teaching hand hygiene if so).


We will be collecting results and stats to confirm these assumptions. Can you help? to gather results you can use the Glo Germ testing system or send the results from your RFID data or other hand hygiene tracking devices. We can extract the relevant data for you. So, either email results to info@OUTFOXprevention.com or use the form below.


Submit data here:




If using the Glo Germ testing method, you can download a printable (PDF) handwashing test sheet that can be used to score and send results home with the employee (as a reminder of hand hygiene).

Download here >



Free Hand Washing Test Sheet (PDF)

posted Apr 25, 2015, 10:17 PM by Todd Fox   [ updated Apr 25, 2015, 10:26 PM ]


Use this Hand Washing Sheet to teach and test proper hand hygiene. Glo Germ is used to teach techniques while the attached PDF is used track where the student is struggling with their handwashing. Mark up the hands to be able to give them a percentage of hand hygiene efficiency. Make sure to check and mark the front and back of the hands. 

The Glo Germ simulation germs SHOW students the germs. The fluorescent gel germs glow under the UV black light. 

Please see the free PDF download of the Hand Washing Test Sheet at the bottom of this page. The following is the example sheet:


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