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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

GOJO Advocates with Hospitals Across U.S. for Patient Safety Awareness Week

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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%1 and 36% reduction in a hospital setting.2

“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.

1.Am J Infect Control. June 2002 Volume 30. 
2.Am J Infect Control. April 2003 Volume 31, Number 2.

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GOJO, the inventors of PURELL® Hand Sanitizer, is the leading global producer and marketer of skin health and hygiene solutions for away-from-home settings. The broad GOJO product portfolio includes hand cleaning, handwashing, hand sanitizing, skin care formulas and surface sprays under the GOJO®, PURELL™ and PROVON® brand names. GOJO formulations use the latest advances in the science of skin care and sustainability. GOJO is known for state-of-the-art dispensing technology, engineered with attention to design, sustainability and functionality. GOJO programs promote healthy behaviors for hygiene, skin care and compliance in critical environments. GOJO is a family enterprise headquartered in Akron, Ohio, with operations in the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Japan, Mexico, and Canada.

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Contact: Kelly Ward-Smith, Public Relations Senior Manager

Phone Number: 330-255-6293
Mobile Phone: 330-819-8638

Email: SmithKe@GOJO.com

This contact information is for news media only. For other inquiries, please contact GOJO customer service at 1-800-321-9647 or use the GOJO Contact Us form.

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