Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Hand hygiene is a critical factor in keeping patients and visitors safe while in healthcare facilities
GOJO Industries, inventors of PURELL® hand sanitizer, is joining hospitals across America in recognizing the critical importance of Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 3-9), led by the National Patient Safety Foundation.
A leader in hand hygiene and skin health science, GOJO provided nearly 15,000 PURELL Advanced hand sanitizer and hand hygiene materials to more than 40 hospitals for use during patient safety awareness week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in its “Hand Hygiene Saves Lives – A Patient Guide,” advises patients and visitors to clean their hands after touching objects or surfaces in the hospital room, before eating and after using the restroom. Studies have consistently demonstrated the importance of using PURELL Instant Hand Sanitizer in healthcare settings where infection rates in long-term care facilities were reduced by 30% and 36% reduction in a hospital setting.
“The safety of healthcare workers and patients can be improved with effective hand hygiene,” said David Mackay, vice president sales and marketing, healthcare markets. “Our job at GOJO is to develop solutions that make hand sanitizing solutions easily accessible and top of mind for every healthcare worker that comes into contact with a patient. In the future, you will see a greater emphasis on electronic compliance monitoring systems, robust education and new transportable products to assist the healthcare professional in practicing good hand hygiene. The goal is to provide better outcomes with fewer hospital acquired infections.”
GOJO began selling PURELL hand sanitizer in the healthcare market in 2001. Today, the company has developed point of care solutions (POC), which is the location of three elements: the patient, the healthcare worker and the care or treatment involving the patient or the patient’s surroundings. The GOJO POC products include fixed wall mounted dispensers, personal carriage, touchless dispensers, wipes and other solutions such as educational resources for infection preventionists.