Posts Tagged ‘medically fragile kids and infection prevention’

How to unclog feeding tubes with Clog Zapper

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

If your child uses a feeding tube, you know it helps conveniently provide necessary nutrition and sometimes medications. But not when it’s clogged. Clogged feeding tubes interrupt important feedings and can cause frustration and discomfort. To keep lines clear, PHS and many of our families use the Clog Zapper .

Clog Zapper is convenient and easy to use.  In this video, PHS Dietician Janelle Peterson, RD, LD, CNSD, takes you step-by-step through using the product to keep your child on track and avoid replacing feeding tubes.

Thanks, Janelle!

Find other helpful video on the PHS YouTube channel.

Have you used Clog Zapper or other tube clog production? Any tips to share? We’d love to hear about it.

Prevent Infection with Surface Cleaning

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Bacteria are lurking in your home — in the places where you and your family spend most of your time.

Surface areas can become contaminated in any number of ways, including through touch, coughing, and contact with food.

Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to keep bacteria at bay and help prevent the spread of infection. In an earlier post, we talked about the importance of proper hand washing. Another thing you can do is to regularly clean the surfaces in your home that come in direct contact with people’s skin and where bacteria can often be found.

Watch PHS nurse educator Jill Wall demonstrate the importance of proper surface cleaning in the preventing the spread of infection

Best practices in surface cleaning

  • Use a clean, disposable wipe every time you clean
  • Don’t use a rag or cloth that has been sitting in the sink
  • Thoroughly clean a surface, vigorously rubbing the area
  • Toss the wipe when you are finished; don’t use the other side
  • Allow the surface to dry thoroughly, giving agents time to work; don’t wipe dry with a paper towel or cloth

Common areas that need cleaning


  • Microwave handles and areas touched frequently
  • Kitchen sink area, including edges and the faucet and handles
  • Refrigerator door handles and other areas touched during use
  • All doorknobs and countertops
  • Computer keyboards
  • TV or video remote controls
  • Handset phones
  • Bathroom sinks, toilets, tubs
  • Any equipment your child touches frequently

What do you do to prevent the spread of infection in your home, office or other public places? Do you have any tips to share? We’d love to hear from you.

Proper hand washing is No. 1 way to prevent infection

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Clean hands can save lives.

Infections pose a health threat for any child—especially as we head into the flu season and spend more time indoors—but they can be particularly devastating for medically-fragile children with weakened immune systems. For these kids, illness, recurring infections, and hospitalization can be life threatening.

Proper hand washing is the best defense.

It’s quick, easy, and the single most effective thing you can do to stop the spread of germs and prevent infection at home or in the hospital, in school or at work, or anywhere in the community.

It’s important to do it right.

Watch PHS Nurse Educator Jill Wall, RN, BSN, CRNI, demonstrate proper hand washing techniques and hear what she says about hand sanitizers on the PHS YouTube channel.

How to wash your hands

  • Wash your hands with soap and water, scrubbing for 40 to 60 seconds (the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice).
  • Get in between all the fingers and wash thoroughly around fingernails and any jewelry, all the way up to and including the wrists.
  • Rinse your hands thoroughly and dry them vigorously with a paper or clean cloth towel. Turn the water off using the towel to protect your clean hands.

Waterless cleaning with hand sanitizer

Soap and water are best, but if they aren’t available, hand sanitizers are a good second choice. Use enough of the sanitizer to thoroughly wet your hands and wrists, rub all over for 20 to 30 seconds, again including the wrists, until the sanitizer is completely dry.

Get our free PHS hand washing guide

Call PHS at 651-642-1825 and ask a customer service representative for a free hand washing guide. Keep it handy to prevent the spread of infection in your home.

Good hand washing is a simple thing, but not always practiced. Do you have any advice on how to make sure people remember to wash their hands, and do it properly? What other things do you do to stop the spread of germs at home or when you are out and about?

We’d love to hear from you.