AKRON, Ohio, Oct. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- GOJO, inventors of PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer, is proud to serve as a corporate Champion for International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), which occurs globally Oct. 18-24, 2015, and is hosted by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
IIPW is an annual awareness campaign to stimulate interest in and highlight the importance of infection prevention. This year's theme is promoting engagement between patients, visitors, and healthcare professionals around infection prevention.
APIC is encouraging consumers and healthcare professionals to take a pledge to commit to actions that will help prevent infections. In addition to the pledge and Clean hands stop germs materials, APIC has created numerous items for easy sharing -- using hashtag #IIPW -- including e-Cards, memes, and light-hearted polls and quizzes. To view more downloadable and shareable resources for use during IIPW and throughout the year, visit APIC's "Infection Prevention and You" website www.apic.org/infectionpreventionandyou.
"This year, IIPW is focusing on a topic that we often discuss with our customers – how everyone plays a role in infection prevention," said David Mackay, vice president sales and marketing, healthcare, GOJO. "Healthcare workers, patients and visitors all have an impact on a healthcare facility's infection control program. By making their commitment to infection prevention and hand hygiene visible – through signage, education and by demonstrating good hand hygiene practices – healthcare facilities and their staff are inviting everyone to participate in the fight against infections, and, in turn, create a safer environment for all."
Hand hygiene is one of the most important preventive measures we can all take to reduce the spread of infection. In order to raise further awareness for the importance of hand hygiene, GOJO is sponsoring the following activities during this week:
"We are happy to have the generous support of GOJO for IIPW," said Katrina Crist, MBA, CAE, APIC CEO. "APIC welcomes the healthcare organizations and companies who have joined International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) as Partners and Champions. Their generous support is helping make IIPW a movement that will influence change and save lives."
GOJO began selling PURELL Hand Sanitizer in the healthcare market in 2001. Today, GOJO offers a breadth of hand hygiene solutions to the healthcare market including advanced hand hygiene formulations that promote healthy skin and are highly efficacious; advanced technology dispensing systems; and the SMARTLINK™ Hand Hygiene Solution that is built upon a state-of-the-art electronic compliance monitoring platform.
GOJO Industries is the inventor of PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer and 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 and skin care formulas 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 hand hygiene, skin care and compliance in critical environments. GOJO is a privately held corporation headquartered in Akron, Ohio, with operations in the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Japan, Mexico, Canada and Brazil.