C.difficile cases surge after NHS relaxes hygiene rules

28th of October 2015
C.difficile cases surge after NHS relaxes hygiene rules

The number of cases of Clostridium difficile in NHS hospitals has risen following the relaxation of government rules on fighting the infection.

Changes introduced in April 2014 raised the numbers of allowable cases in most hospitals while also slashing the fine for every 'excess' case from £50,000 (69,200 euros) to £10,000 (13,800

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Connected Cleaning: enhanced efficiency for building cleaning

26th of October 2015
Connected Cleaning: enhanced efficiency for building cleaning

Markus Asch, vice chairman of the management board at cleaning equipment manufacturer Kärcher and president of EUnited Cleaning, writes his latest blog for the ECJ website. His theme: connected cleaning and the megatrend of networking.

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One in three worldwide don’t always wash their hands properly after going to the toilet

26th of October 2015
One in three worldwide don’t always wash their hands properly after going to the toilet

A global survey from WIN/Gallup International has revealed 65 per cent of those polled across 64 countries ‘agree' that washing their hands with soap and water is something they automatically do - however 26 per cent somewhat agree, while just under one in 10 (eight per cent) disagree.

The survey interviewed a total of 62,398 people across

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ECJ October online now!

23rd of October 2015
ECJ October online now!

The October edition of ECJ is now available to read online. Special reports include:

Special report - Care of hard floors

Business - The future of the EU

Sustainability - What is the true meaning?

Diversity & Inclusion - How the cleaning sector is performing

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Japanese 'smart pants' device predicts when you need to visit the toilet

23rd of October 2015
Japanese 'smart pants' device predicts when you need to visit the toilet

A Japanese company has unveiled a device that alerts the wearer in advance when they will need to go to the toilet.

Dfree, which could be on the market next year, is designed to predict imminent bowel movements and give users a 10-minute warning before one is likely to take place.

"Dfree uses ultrasonic waves to monitor the wearer's internal

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Fragrancing - the smell of success

22nd of October 2015
Fragrancing - the smell of success

We all have our favourite smells but as human beings we rely less on our noses to help us navigate the world, and use them as something to help us enjoy it a little more. And researchers have discovered that the human sense of smell is actually far more powerful than originally thought. Writing for ECJ, direct365 takes a look at the science of

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