TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Attendees of the annual Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) conference will have the opportunity to learn about new, state-of-the-art hand hygiene technology from Georgia-Pacific Professional and Versus Technology, Inc. (Pink Sheets: VSTI) during live demonstrations at booth #500 and an education session.
Georgia-Pacific Professional, a leading provider of hygienic dispensing systems, towels, tissues, soaps and sanitizers, and Versus, maker of the most-deployed Real-time Locating System (RTLS) in healthcare, recently announced a strategic alliance to improve hand hygiene participation in healthcare.
Healthcare associated infections (HAIs), many preventable by proper hand hygiene, are a growing challenge in healthcare. According to the CDC, approximately 1 in every 20 U.S. patients will contract an HAI, and almost 100,000 die annually from these infections, costing the healthcare sector $40 billion annually. Yet hand hygiene compliance rates at hospitals are often as low as 40%.
Improving how healthcare facilities manage hand hygiene participation can not only help contribute to patient and healthcare worker safety, it can also help manage the costs associated with these infections.
APIC attendees can see live demonstrations of the SafeHaven™ automated hand hygiene monitoring system, the first in the industry to include built-in RTLS components, in a virtual hospital patient room at the Georgia-Pacific Professional booth, #500.
SafeHaven, Georgia-Pacific Professional automated touchless dispensers, combined with Versus Advantages™ Hand Hygiene Safety software and a continuing education program, is a complete system to help hospitals monitor, measure and manage™ hand hygiene participation.
In addition to live demonstrations, APIC attendees can learn more about the deployment of the hand hygiene system at one of the nation's top hospitals, during which hand hygiene compliance improved more than 100 percent. Henry Tenarvitz, Versus' Chief Intellectual Property Officer, will be presenting the oral abstract, "Improving Hand Hygiene Compliance through Automatic Reporting with RTLS," during Session 2103, Sunday, June 9, at 10:15 a.m.
About Georgia-Pacific Professional Georgia-Pacific Professional is a provider of hygienic dispensing systems, towels, tissues, soaps, air fresheners, wipers, cups, plates, cutlery and napkins. We serve a wide range of market segments, providing washroom, wiper and foodservice solutions for office buildings, education, healthcare, restaurant, lodging and manufacturing facilities through well-known product brands like enMotion®, Compact®, Dixie®, EasyNap®, SmartStock®, and Brawny Industrial®. For more information about Georgia-Pacific Professional, please call 1-866-HELLO GP (435-5647) or visit us at www.gppro.com.
About Versus Technology, Inc. Established in 1988, Versus Technology, Inc. specializes in real-time location systems (RTLS) for healthcare. Used by more than 700 hospitals for enterprise patient tracking, bed management, asset tracking, and nurse call automation, Versus Advantages™ improves patient flow and documentation of caregiver and patient interactions, while enhancing communication and efficiency. Exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association, the Versus Advantages infrared (IR) and Active RFID solution is responsible for clinical-grade location and automation at a number of hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities worldwide. To learn more about Versus Technology, Inc. (Pink Sheets: VSTI.PK), our technology and client successes, visit versustech.com.
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