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The Scary Truth About the Surfaces Around Us - Infographic

posted Jul 14, 2014, 9:13 AM by Todd Fox   [ updated Jul 14, 2014, 9:21 AM ]

The Scary Truth About the Dirtiest Surfaces You Touch Every Day Infographic

The following information is illustrated on the inforgraphic about germs, bacteria and other harmful materials we encounter every day.  Please feel free to download and distribute.
  • Your money contains 135,000 types of bacteria per dollar bill
  • You mobile phone contains as much as a petri dish of 10,000+ germs
  • Your bathtub contains bacteria found near the drain which can cause staph infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia and septicemia
  • Your TV remote easily transfers the MRSA, VRE and SARS bacteria when you touch it
  • Your computer keyboard could have more bacteria than an average toilet
  • Your shopping cart can have more bacteria, saliva, and fecal matter than escalators, public telephones and public bathrooms
  • Your toilet seat can contain on average 295 bacteria per square inch
  • Your light switches can contain on average 217 bacteria per square inch

Of the home testing sites, which areas contained the most potential fecal contamination (out of dish sponges, kitchen sinks, counter tops, chopping boards, tooth brush holders)?
  • 3 out of 4 dish sponges were contaminated with potential fecal matter (bacteria)
  • 1 out of 2 kitchen sinks had bacteria (Coliform- group bacteria includes Salmonella and E. coli)
  • 1 in every 3 counter tops tested for potential fecal contamination
  • 1 in every 5 chopping boards had the potential for contamination
  • More than 1 in every 4 tooth brush holders contained traces of potential fecal matter

Which area is the dirtiest?  Bathroom?  Kitchen?
  • The bathroom (most think so)?  No, the kitchen!

Which area is the dirtiest?  Toothbrush holder?  Dish Sponge?
  • Most think that toothbrush holders due to them being in our mouths, but in reality it is the dish sponge!
This about how a Glo Germ Kit training could help change the mindset and responsibility of people.  Their homes would be cleaner and they would spread less illness and disease!

Germs in your work place.  What areas contain the highest area of germ content?
  • 3 in every 4 break room sink faucet handles contain ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate- a molecule present in all animal, vegetable, bacterial, tease and mound cells.  High levels are detrimental to human health)
  • Almost 1 in every 2 microwave door handles are contaminated
  • More than 1 in every 4 computer keyboards are contaminated
  • More than 1 in every 4 refrigerator door handles contains high levels of ATP
  • More than 1 in every 5 water fountain buttons can be contaminated 
  • More than 1 in every 5 vending machine buttons can contain levels of ATP that are a detriment to your health

What are the germ hotspots in your office or workplace?
  • Elevator buttons
  • Stair railings
  • Conference tables
  • Door handles
  • Photocopiers
  • Water coolers
  • Reception areas (magazines, pens, etc.)
  • Lobby area

What can you to reduce the spread of germs?  General germ facts.
  • Rinsing and drying your hands completely with a paper towel reduces 77% of bacteria
  • A virus on a person's hands can transfer germs to hard surfaces up to 7 times
  • Larger groups of people have the potential to spread germs even further
  • Germs can live on hard surfaces for up to 48 hours
  • Adults touch their faces 15.7 times per hour on average transmitting germs to surfaces they touch
  • Viruses can live up to 2 hours on surfaces
  • Viruses can be transferred between people up to 6 times
  • Hard surfaces should be wiped daily

Information and info graphic were provided by http://www.dustboxcleaning.co.uk/

New Glo Germ Mini Kit Product Review

posted May 13, 2014, 8:16 AM by Todd Fox   [ updated May 13, 2014, 8:18 AM ]

The Glo Germ Mini Kit is the easiest entry into the world of fluorescent trainings. The 2 oz fluorescent gel will be enough to get you started and testing germ simulations. 

We have discussed the Glo Germ Premium Mini Kits and Classic Kits, but they still may not be right for your organization or situation. Some of you may still be hesitant about the impact that Glo Germ can have on your organization or individual processes.


Spending a larger amount of budget on an unproven kit seems like a risky move… and we agree. That is why the Mini Kit is a great way to try out the benefits of Glo Germ without spending a large amount.

The Glo Germ Mini Kit can still do everything that larger kits can do, but it does it in smaller quantities.

For example, here are some great uses for Glo Germ:

  • Hand washing trainings
  • Orientations for new employees or students
  • Germ spreading lessons and demonstrations
  • Hand shaking demonstration
  • Coughing effects
  • Proper glove removal (if applicable)
  • Proper gown removal (if applicable)
  • Blood simulations
  • Cleaning competitions
  • Cleaning trainings
  • Inspections
  • Quality assurance verifications

The contents of the Glo Germ Mini Kit include:

  • 2 oz. Glo Germ Fluorescent Gel
  • Small UV LED black light (keychain)
  • Brief Glo Germ instructions
  • Bag carrying case

So, the capability of the smaller kit is the same, but you won’t get as much Glo Germ Gel and the illumination will be quite a bit less than the larger black light flashlights.

You may have to isolate the area you would like to illuminate (hands, equipment, etc.) in a darker place, but the effect is the same. If you plan to show the effects of not hand washing in normal light, then we recommend thinking about getting a larger kit. The Premium Mini Kit isn’t too big of a step up to get 10x the light and double the Glo Germ.

We estimate that the 2 oz. bottle of Glo Gel will last about 30-50 applications on hands and 100-150 equipment swabs (depending on the amount applied). If you are looking for more than that then we suggest looking into the other kits that have a 8 oz. Glo Gel bottle AND a 4 oz. Glo Powder bottle (fluorescent powder is not included in the Mini Kit).

If you are still unsure about the size of Glo Germ Kit that you will need for your organization, program or classroom then please contact us. We can discuss with you the available options and give some insight.

Please also contact us if you would like ideas on how to best use Glo Germ in your organization. We have success stories and a good idea of what works best for every type of industry.

Thank your for reading! We hope that you can also see the amazing benefits of implementing a Glo Germ Kit Training into your organization or program!



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Action Needed to Combat Hospital Infections

posted Apr 10, 2014, 8:11 AM by Todd Fox   [ updated Apr 10, 2014, 8:12 AM ]


Reports recently released in both the United States and Canada reveal that far more needs to be done in the hospitals of both countries to limit patient exposure to hospital acquired infections (HAIs).

In Canada, where approximately 220,000 Canadians (or approximately 0.6% of the population) are infected with an HAI annually, a new survey revealed that a startling number (38%) of hospital infection control experts believe their hospitals are not clean enough to prevent the spread of infectious organisms like C. difficile. The survey was conducted in late 2012 and early 2013, and comprised the infection control experts of 113 hospitals across Canada.

C. difficile, the bacteria and spores of which are found in feces, can be picked up by coming into contact with contaminated surfaces, objects, or other people, and is potentially fatal. It accounts for more than half of the offending infections in Canadian hospitals, and the death rate from C. difficile has tripled in Canada over the past 15 years.

As hygiene of hospital staff is paramount to preventing the spread of the bacteria to patients, hand-washing campaigns have been initiated that have been successful in improving the rate of hand hygiene amongst Canadian health care practitioners from a lowly 30% into the 80-90% range.

U.S Numbers Just as Bleak

In the U.S, the numbers are just as stark. Approximately 4% of patients pick up a HAI during their hospital stays according to the CDC, which is up from their previous estimates. 200 of those infected patients will end up dying from their infection annually, while 75,000 patients will die in U.S hospitals annually with a HAI (without it being the primary cause of death).

Pneumonia accounted for the most common infection type, along with surgical site infections, with 157,500 of each case. C. difficile was the most common bacteria leading to infections. Other bacteria included Klebsiella, E. coli, Enterococcus, andPseudomonasThe former two, part of the Enterobacteriaceae family of bacteria, are becoming resistant to last-resort antibiotics according to the CDC.

Antibiotic Overuse Partially to Blame for Infections?

One prominent characteristic of C. difficile is that an infection is more likely to take control when a patient is on antibiotics. As antibiotics alter (and often temporarily destroy) the gut bacteria of those taking them, it allows C. difficile to take root in the gut and flourish. It’s not surprising then that the Public Health Agency of Canada recommends not only diligent hand-washing and hygiene, but also careful use of antibiotics to limit the number of patients that could be threatened by C. difficile.

As the CDC reported in early March, antibiotic overuse is not only putting patients at risk of contracting infections like C. difficile, it’s also leading to less and less effectiveness from the drugs themselves, and further fuelling the creation of drug resistant superbugs.

What Patients Can Do to Help

Hygiene amongst patients is just as important as for the medical professionals themselves, and patients should avoid touching objects and surfaces in their rooms and around the hospital as much as possible, while keeping their hands clean whenever they can. Patients should be as proactive regarding their health and well-being as they can be, factoring in their given condition at the time.

Patients are also encouraged to ask their doctors or nurses if they’ve washed their hands, with some U.S hospitals posting signs saying “It’s OK to ask”. Whether their stay is at a hospital, a long term care facility, an intensive care unit, or a rehab center, patients need to have complete faith in their health care provider, as they are often  putting their lives in their hands. Hand hygiene is particularly important in the ICU, where patients have weakened and vulnerable immune systems that are susceptible to infection. In long term care facilities and rehab centers for addiction and physical rehabilitation where patients are often staying for extended periods of time, added emphasis needs to be placed on cleaning and disinfecting one's sleeping quarters to remove bacteria, allowing those patients to focus on their recovery with confidence.

"It's Ok to Ask"

A study conducted in Canada last summer also showed that doctors were more cognizant of washing their hands when they knew patients were watching them, which could give hospitals incentive to make hand-washing stations more readily available in patient rooms.

Other advancements are also being worked on that could further improve hand hygiene among health care workers. One promising field is wearable tech, with devices that could be used to alert practitioners to when they should be washing their hands and how well they've done so. Hyginex, a company in the hand hygiene technology field recently received an investment from Persistent Systems to help them launch their devices, which would monitor hand rub duration and frequency, among other factors.



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Health Week Lesson Plan Day 5: Germ Infested

posted Apr 4, 2014, 8:16 AM by Todd Fox   [ updated Apr 4, 2014, 8:19 AM ]

Learn where we need to have the best hygiene
Use this lesson to teach handwashing and other hygiene principles to kindergarten students through 5th grade (K-5). You can adjust the concepts and principles to have it apply to older students, nurses, healthcare workers, restaurant employees and others that work in areas with health issues (germ spreading, bacteria, foodborne illnesses, etc.). 


This lesson is typically conducted in conjunction with other infection control lessons throughout the National Public Health Week.  Contact us if you would like other ways to celebrate health week or to teach about microbes and preventing infection.  

Make sure to download the free worksheets so that your students can have a productive activity to go along with the health lesson.

We hope that health week goes well for you and that your students or employees learn better health habits!

Glo Germ Health Week


Glo Germ Day 5

Where Are Germs at Home and on My Body?


 

Content Objective:

Students will be able to recognize places where germs may hide at home and be able to teach their families the importance of hand-washing.

Materials:

Germ Journal “Germs At Home Too?” page (PDF attached), Pictures of home places (sinks, counter tops, toilets, etc.), Glo Germ Kit (fluorescent lotion and UV black light)

Vocabulary:

·       Sanitation

Building Background Knowledge:

Ask students the following questions:

  • We’ve learned a lot about germs in school, but where are places that germs can hide at your home?
  • Where else can germs hide on your body?

Exploration:

 

  • Have students review places that germs can hide in the classroom. Write a list on the chalkboard or whiteboard.
  • Remind students that germs like to hide in places that are dirty and that people touch a lot.
  • Show students pictures of places around the home. Ask them why germs could be hiding there. (they are dirty and get touched a lot)
  • Use the Glo Germ system to teach hand washing.  The fluorescent lotion is applied, checked with the black light, the student washes their hands, and the hands are again checked with the UV blacklight.

Explanation:

 

  • Remind students that there are other places on their bodies that germs can hide.  Germs called “plaque” can live in your teeth and make holes in your teeth. Germs called “lice” can live in your hair. Different germs can live in all different parts of their bodies.
  • Explain to students that they need to keep all parts of their body clean. They don’t need to wash their bodies as much as they wash their hands, but they need to keep all parts of their bodies clean.
  • Ask students when they need to wash their hands. (after using the restroom, after coughing or sneezing, before eating, etc.)
  • Ask students when they need to brush their teeth. (2 times a day or after eating)
  • Ask students when they need to wash their bodies. (every day or after they go somewhere with lots of germs.)

“Hands On Experience”:

 

  • Finish the last 2 pages together with your class comparing and contrasting where germs are at home and school. The center section should have listed things such as doorknobs, sinks, bathrooms and so forth. Germs at School should have things that students touch at school like pencils, drinking fountains, etc. Germs at Home should have things like TV remotes, utensils, etc.

Wrap Up:

  • Remind students that germs are everywhere and they need to be in charge of getting germs off of them!

Home Connection:

  • Ask students to share with their parents what they learned about germs.

 

 

 



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Health Week Lesson Plan Day 4: Germ Spreading

posted Apr 3, 2014, 10:00 AM by Todd Fox   [ updated Apr 3, 2014, 10:06 AM ]

Learn how germs spread
Use this infection control lesson to teach how germs spread in schools,hospitals and food services. Follow up this lesson with a hand washing activity, hygiene game or other health activity.

Use the worksheet attached to add to your students' germ journals.

The worksheet is a fill-in-the-blank lesson plan that the students can work on to gain better health habits.  It talks about using tissues, washing hands, using soap and water, and where germs can hide to make us sick.

This infection control lesson is a great addition to your plans for National Public Health Week that is held each year on the first full week of April.  See NPHW.org for more information.

Glo Germ Lesson Plans


Glo Germ Day 4: Health Week

How Do Germs Spread?


 

Content Objective:

Students will be able to understand and explain how germs spread from one place to another.

Materials:

Shaving Cream, a copy of Miss Bindergarten Stays Home from Kindergarten, Glo Germ  (optional), Germ Journal “Stop Spreading Germs!” page (PDF attached)

Vocabulary:

·       Antibacterial

Building Background Knowledge:

Ask students the following questions:

·       Where do germs hide?

·       How do you think germs go from one place to another?

Exploration:

 

·       Read the book Miss Bindergarten Stays Home from Kindergarten and ask students what happened when one student got sick. (All the other kids, the teacher and the student get sick)

·       Ask one student to be your “Sick Student” for the day. Explain to students that when we get sick, our germs can come out when we cough, sneeze, or blow our nose.

·       Squirt some shaving cream (or Glo Germ Gel or powder) onto the hands of the “Sick Student” and show students that the shaving cream represents the germs that get on your hands when you sneeze your sickness germs on your hands instead of a tissue.

·       Ask your “Sick Student” to do a few classroom things like sharpen a pencil, get a drink, or use a crayon. (Make sure you have the student touch things that can easily be wiped off!)

·       Show your students how the germs on his hands got on all of the things the “Sick Student” touched.  Turn the lights off and the black light on if you used the Glo Germ lotion or powder.

Explanation:

 

·       Ask students to think of all the things they touch in the classroom. Make a list on the board of those things. (pencils, markers, door handles, centers, books, etc.)

·       Ask students how they think they can keep germs from getting on their hands or how to get them off their hands when they forget. (using tissues, hand sanitizer, and washing hands)

“Hands On Experience”:

·       Find the “Stop Spreading Germs” page in the Germ Journal.

·       Finish the story about the germs page together.

Wrap Up:

 

·       Show students where in the classroom they can find tissues, soap and hand sanitizer. Ask them to help remind everyone to keep germs out of the classroom.

Home Connection:

·       Ask students to share with their parents what they learned about germs.



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Health Week Lesson Plan Day 3: Germ Hiding Places

posted Apr 2, 2014, 8:06 AM by Todd Fox   [ updated Apr 3, 2014, 10:07 AM ]

Learn where germs hide out often
Teach your students where the common places that germs hang out (door handles, restrooms, hospitals, schools, restaurants, etc.) so that they can learn to avoid them for better health. Use this lesson plan and worksheet for National Public Health Week (NPHW.org).

Glo Germ Lesson Plans

Glo Germ Day 3: Health Week

Where are germs hiding?

 

 

Content Objective:

Students will be able to identify places that germs live and understand how to avoid them.

Materials:

Pictures of places germs hide (dirty backpacks, unwashed food, playground equipment, etc.), Germ Journal  “Where Are Germs?” page, Posters and other reminders, Glo Germ Kit (Optional)

Vocabulary:

  • Outbreak
  • Review “Germs”

Building Background Knowledge:

Ask students the following questions:

  • What are Germs?
  • Where do you think germs hide?
  • How do germs get in these places?
  • How do germs make us sick?

Exploration:

 

  • Quickly show students or hang up the pictures. Ask students what all of them are and what makes them the same or different. Tell them that these are all places germs can hide.
  • Remind students that germs are so tiny you can’t see them. Germs also need to get into your body to make you sick through your mouth or nose, or cuts, like in the Magic School Bus book.
  • Tell students that germs like to live in places that are dirty.
  • Use a Glo Germ Kit to show how germs and microbes spread.

Explanation:

 

  • Show students the pictures again and ask how they think germs get there. Also ask them how those germs can get into their bodies. (unwashed hands, cuts)
  • Remind students that germs have to get into your body to make you sick, so just touching these things won’t make you sick unless you forget to wash your hands before you eat or wipe your nose or somehow get them in your body.

“Hands On Experience:”

 

  • Find the “Where are Germs” page in the Germ Journal.
  • Ask students to draw pictures of 3 places where germs can hide in the classroom, in their homes, and outside.

Wrap Up:

  • Ask students what places they thought of where germs can hide.

Home Connection:

  • Ask students to share with their parents what they learned about germs.
  • Take home Germ Journal page.



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Health Week Lesson Plan Day 2: Germs

posted Apr 1, 2014, 7:57 AM by Todd Fox   [ updated Apr 3, 2014, 10:09 AM ]

Learn about germs
The following lesson is day 2 of the National Public Health Week (NPHW) lesson plans available to teach your students about microbes and germs. Have your students draw a germ that will remind them to wash their hands to stay healthy!

Glo Germ Health Lesson Plans 

Glo Germ Day 2: Health Week

What are Germs?


 

Content Objective:

Students will be able to explain what a germ is and make a physical representation of a germ.

Materials:

Pictures of “germs” (bacteria, viruses, etc.), Germ Journal “My Germ” page, a copy of The Magic School Bus: Inside Ralphie, Glo Germ Kit

Vocabulary

  • Germ
  • Microscope

Building Background Knowledge:

  • Ask students the following questions:
  • What are Germs?
  • How big are germs? (Ask them to guess comparing them to classroom objects: are they as big as a paper clip?, etc.)
  • How can washing our hands get rid of germs? (it gets rid of them)

Exploration:


  • Read the story Magic School Bus: Inside Ralphie and ask students about Ralphie’s germs. How did he get sick? How did the bus-germ get inside Ralphie?
  • How can we get germs? (From dirty hands, cuts or scrapes)
  • Show students a few pictures of germs and ask what they think they are.
  • Explain that germs are not animals, and not plants, but little bugs that can make us sick.
  • Explain that germs are so tiny that they can’t be seen without special tools called Microscopes and the pictures we’re seeing are pictures through a microscope. (Use GloGerm Kit to show the simulation germs under the UV black light) 

Explanation:


  • Tell students that different kinds of germs are what make us sick. Ask them what they feel like when they get sick. Those ill/sick feelings are from germs!
  • Explain to students that there are a lot of different kinds of germs. Some are shaped like circles, some look fuzzy, some look like little bugs.
  • Tell them that different kinds of germs make different kinds of sicknesses. Some germs make you cough, some make you sick to your stomach, give you a runny nose, etc.

“Hands On Experience:”


  • List on the board some adjectives that describe germs
  • Find the “My Germ” page in the Germ journal.
  • Tell students that they are going to make their own “Super Germ!” On the “Germs” page, explain to students that they need to pretend that they are looking at their germ through a microscope. They need to draw what it looks like.
  • Also on the germs page, have them fill in the description box with words about their germ.
  • Have them fill out the Sickness box with what kinds of sicknesses it would give someone. (Nothing gross!)

Wrap Up:

  • Have students share with each other or with the class what their germs look like.

Home Connection:

  • Ask students to share with their parents what they learned about germs.

 

 

 



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Health Week Lesson Plan Day 1: Hand Washing

posted Mar 31, 2014, 8:38 AM by Todd Fox   [ updated Mar 31, 2014, 8:40 AM ]

Learn the basics of hand washing
Health week is near! Next week you should have some health lessons to help celebrate National Public Health Week (www.NPHW.com).  Use the Glo Germ System and the attached PDF to teach a great lesson on handwashing.  

Glo Germ Health Week Lesson Plans

Glo Germ Day 1: Health Week

Hand Washing!


 

Content Objective:

Students will be able to understand the importance of hand washing and be able to discuss the procedures for correct hand washing.  The students will build their “Germ Journal” with each day’s activity

Materials:

Germ Journal Cover Sheet, Germ Journal “Hand Washing” page, Glo Germ Kit (UV Light (black light), Fluorescent Lotion)

Vocabulary

  • Hygiene
  • Virus
  • Illness
  • Flu

Building Background Knowledge:

Ask students the following questions:

  • When should you wash your hands? (after using the restroom, before eating, before touching food, after coughing, etc.)
  • Why is it important to wash your hands? (to keep them clean, to stop the spread of germs)
  • What supplies do you need when you wash your hands? (a sink, warm water, soap, and a towel)

Exploration:

 

  • Have students put on Fluorescent Gel. Make sure they get it all over their hands!
  • Using the black light, show students the germs that are lurking on their hands.
  • Point out where the germs are and have them draw and color in the germs on the “Pre Hand Washing” section of the hands on the “Hand Washing” worksheet.

Explanation:

 

  • Ask students what they think about the germs on their hands.
  • Remind them that germs can make them sick and that washing your hands can get rid of those germs.
  • Discuss with them the step-by-step process of hand washing while showing them the actions:
    • First, turn on warm water (not too hot!)
    • Next, add some soap to your hand
    • Then, scrub your hands together for 20 seconds. Make sure you get both sides!

o Finally, rinse off the soap and germs and dry with a clean towel.

·   Teach them the “Hand Washing Song” (Sung to Row, Row, Row your Boat)

o Start with warm water

o Then you add the soap.

o Scrub and scrub and wash and wash

o Rinse hands off and dry them.

·   Demonstrate hand washing. While you’re scrubbing, sing the song through twice to show them how long they need to wash their hands.

“Hands On Experience:”

 

  • Have each student wash their hands in a sink where you can help them with correct procedures.
  • Make sure students DO NOT TOUCH anything after washing hands in order to keep the germs off!
  • Have each student put their hands under the black light again.
  • Draw and color the germs on the “Post Hand Washing” section.

Wrap Up:

 

  • Have students look at the before and after hands on their worksheets.
  • Ask students whether they saw a difference and ask if their germs disappeared.
  • Discuss with students the importance of washing hands and why we need to make germs disappear.

Home Connection:

 

  • Have students take home the “Hand Washing Worksheet” and have a family discussion on washing hands.


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New Glo Germ Kit: Classic Product Review

posted Mar 25, 2014, 7:50 AM by Todd Fox   [ updated Mar 26, 2014, 1:19 PM ]


New Glo Germ Kit: Classic Product Review

Glo Germ is Not Just for Medical Organizations

Imagine that you are 20 years into your career, thinking you know it all about germs and infection. You have read the books, heard the lectures, tried new products and so forth. So, how do you keep infection control lessons interesting, informative and effective? Have you ever tried a Glo Germ Kit? If you answered yes, then I challenge you to get more creative and insert Glo Germ into other lessons, demonstrations and other trainings to give your audience a visual of germs and infection. You can even submit your ideas (Email your ideas, successes and questions to info@OUTFOXprevention.com)!

Despite popular opinion, the Glo Germ Kits are not just for the medical or healthcare field. The kits have proven to be very effective in schools, food services, clean manufacturing, dentistry, banking and many other industries. Business offices also use it to teach their employees about germs, hand washing and why they should not go to work sick!

Really, the Glo Germ Kits can be used in any organization and benefit the health knowledge of the staff. When the staff knows more about infection control, then the less business interruption will occur. Employees will stay healthy, customers will be protected, outbreaks won’t reek havoc for your PR, lawsuits will be avoided and you will get sick less often- all great things!

We have been reviewing Glo Germ Kit sizes so that you can have the pros and cons of each kit. We want to help you make the most informed decision for the size and type of organization. Previously we reviewed the Glo Germ Premium Mini Kit (See the Glo Germ Review here).

The Glo Germ Classic Kit is a kit that sets you up for lessons that can handle a large group or be used over a year. The capacity of the Glo Germ Classic Kit is about 4 times that of the Premium Mini Kit. Here are the details on the kit:

Contents of the Glo Germ Classic Kit:

  • 8 oz Glo Germ Fluorescent Gel
  • 4 oz Glo Germ Fluorescent Powder
  • Medium UV Black Light (LED)
  • Batteries 
  • Carrying case
  • Brief instructions for the Glo Germ training
Buy this Glo Germ Kit Here $71.50

Not only do you get more of the fluorescent powder and fluorescent gel, you get a larger black light and carrying case. The carrying case definitely comes in handy when you plan on using this for multiple trainings. Competing kits get lost in the shuffles of an office, but this Glo Germ Kit sticks together well.

The increased size on the LED black light helps you show more germs on the hands of participants or in the germ-simulated areas. The LED blacklight is a great enhancement from the UV black light bars that were sold in the past. Those black lights used a lot of battery life, went out relatively quick and were frequently broken. The LED last longer, shines brighter and is not as fragile as a fluorescent light bulb.

We hope that some of the information was helpful in choosing which Glo Germ Kit will work for your organization. Please contact us if you would like more assistance.

In addition, if you would like more in-depth instructions on how to use Glo Germ then please see this link [How to Use Glo Germ] or please email us [info@OUTFOXprevention.com].

Check back for other topics that populate our Hygiene Blog. We discuss industries that need more infection control, current outbreaks, success stories with fighting infection, new products, old and new technologies, healthcare trade shows and other infection related topics. 

If you would like to contribute a story, product review, success story or other top relating to health then please contact us! We would love to help further your cause or give you a voice in the health community.


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Final Activity Section: Infection Control Games Part 10

posted Mar 24, 2014, 8:07 AM by Todd Fox   [ updated Mar 26, 2014, 1:15 PM ]

Infection Control Games for your students!
This is the last and final round of the infection control games sections.  Please look through our blog to find the other 9 sections of hygiene activities.  Thanks for reading!  We really appreciate your efforts to OUTFOX infection and teach better hygiene habits.

Parasite Relay

Potential Supplies: Masking tape, markers, two pieces of cardboard cut into a silhouette of a simulation germ (see OUTFOX Prevention’s germ cartoons) for EACH team. 

Mark off the beginning and ending points. Divide the group into evenly numbered teams. Each team should get two germ silhouettes. These will act as their “lilies” as they try to make it from the starting line to the end point and back. The game will start on go! The team members’ goal is make it to the end point and back by only stepping on the germ silhouette. Hence, he/she places one germ silhouette down, steps, puts the next down, steps, grabs the first germ and moves it forward, steps onto the placed germs, grabs the second and moves it forward, and so forth. The first team to have all members go to the end and back wins! 

This lesson can be followed up with a Glo Germ Kit lesson.  The students will love the to see the Glo Germ on their hands and learn how to best clean up.  Use a black light to light up the fluorescent Glo materials.  Email us with questions.

Hidden Viruses (V-I-R-U-S)

Potential Supplies: Cards or construction paper (each group member should receive 5 cards or germ cutouts with a single letter on each, spelling out V-I-R-U-S. Cards can be the same color or different depending on the version or difficulty of the game desired.) 

Give a lesson on germs/ viruses that illustrate how germs are all around us but our hidden from our view. The sets of words should be mixed and spread throughout the room, hallway or building before the group meets. The object of the game is for each class member to collect 5 cards that spell out V-I-R-U-S. You can hide these in areas that normally house a lot of germs or other general areas. The first player to get virus spelled out wins. A variation of this game may include each player finding 5 cards of differing colors that also spell out V-I-R-U-S. Or another variation might entail each student finding their specific assigned color that differs from everyone else’s color. 

Evasion: Avoid the Germ

Possible Supplies: Plastic or laminated germ picture (small enough to fit into an ice cube), ice cube trays (or paper cups for bigger ice cubes), paper towels (or regular towels), etc. 

Have all the group members stand in a circle. Start the ice cube pass with the person at the top of the circle. The goal of the game is to not end up with the germ once the ice melts. No throwing, tossing, or delaying the pass. Have towels ready for their wet hands. The person that ends up with the germ loses. 

Fun Facts from NIH (www.newsinhealth.nih.gov):

Microbe laden droplets (from a cough or sneeze) can travel as far as 3 feet. 
Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue, the crook of your elbow or even your hand is the considerate thing to do. 


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