GOJO Supports International Infection Prevention Week

Hand hygiene is a critical factor in keeping patients and visitors safe while in healthcare facilities

Oct 21, 2013, 10:00 ET from GOJO Industries

AKRON, Ohio, Oct. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- GOJO Industries, inventors of PURELL® hand sanitizer, is proud to support International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), which occurs globally October 20-26. 

"During International Infection Prevention Week, it provides the venue and opportunity to raise awareness of the important work being done to reduce hospital associated infections (HAIs) and improve the safety of healthcare workers and patients," said David Mackay, vice president sales and marketing, healthcare markets. "We know that one of the single most important measures that reduce HAIs is effective hand hygiene. 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."

To celebrate IIPW, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) created the "Infection Prevention and You" campaign with a new website (www.apic.org/infectionpreventionandyou) and resources for both patients and healthcare professionals. The campaign features a one-page infographic illustrating the steps patients can take to support infection prevention efforts in healthcare facilities and help lower their risk of infection. The infographic communicates three main points: what patients and families can do to play an active role in their care, what healthcare-associated infections are, and who the infection preventionist is.

GOJO is supporting IIPW by providing nearly 15,000 PURELL Advanced hand sanitizer and hand hygiene materials to healthcare facilities to celebrate the week. GOJO is sponsoring a Point of Care webinar for healthcare professionals at the American Journal of Infection Control Hand Hygiene Library (http://handhygiene.ajicjournal.org/) and providing complimentary hand hygiene infection prevention webinars, whitepapers and educational tools on its website at healthcare.gojo.com/education.

GOJO began selling PURELL® hand sanitizer in the healthcare market in 2001. 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 POC products include fixed wall mounted dispensers, personal carriage, touchless dispensers, wipes and educational resources.

About GOJO
GOJO Industries, inventors of PURELL® Instant Hand Sanitizer, distributes PURELL Hand Sanitizer in away-from-home markets throughout the world. In addition, GOJO manufactures and distributes a full line of products under GOJO® and PROVON® brand names. GOJO has a 66-year history of leadership in improving well-being through hand hygiene and healthy skin. GOJO has products and programs to kill germs on hands and solve skin care-related problems in a variety of markets, including healthcare, foodservice, food processing, manufacturing, automotive, education, government and military. GOJO is a privately held corporation headquartered in Akron, Ohio, with offices in the United Kingdom, Australasia, Japan and Brazil.


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