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Majority Of Americans Do Not Ask Medical Professionals About Hand Hygiene

"The evolution of HAI surveillance and reimbursement, coupled with the recognition that many HAIs are preventable, has caused healthcare facilities to further emphasize the importance of consistently implementing evidence-based prevention methods, such as hand hygiene, to reduce the incidence of infections," said William R. Jarvis, M.D., Former Director, CDC, President, Jason and Jarvis Associates, LLC. "Educating patients and their loved ones allows them to serve as safety advocates, taking an active role in their care by helping to ensure that HAI prevention is the business of all clinicians."

To empower patients and visitors with information on infection prevention, Kimberly-Clark's HAI Patient Education Program includes a toolkit, support for community events and information on mandatory reporting and infection prevention for patients and their families at www.preventinfections.com.

As part of this patient education initiative, Kimberly-Clark and Safe Care Campaign recently launched a Quick Response (QR) Code program that provides hospitals and healthcare facilities with a free QR code-enabled poster with access to nine educational video vignettes related to common patient safety issues.

"Hospitals and other healthcare facilities are challenged to safeguard patients from infections, but reducing and preventing HAIs is really everyone's responsibility," said Dr. Wava Truscott, Director of Scientific Affairs and Clinical Education, Kimberly-Clark. "The results of this survey are compelling and underscore the need for greater patient awareness and education in preventing the spread of HAIs. Kimberly-Clark is committed to providing both consumers and clinicians with the information they need to help reduce the spread of infections in the healthcare setting."

This survey was conducted online in the U.S. by ORC International on behalf of Kimberly-Clark from May 31June 3, 2012 among 1,020 U.S. adults. Results were weighted for age, sex, education, geographic region and race where necessary to align them with their actual proportions in the U.S. population.

Kimberly-Clark in the Healthcare EnvironmentAround the world, medical professionals turn to Kimberly-Clark for a wide portfolio of solutions that improve the health, hygiene and well-being of their patients and staff. As part of their healing mission, caregivers rely on Kimberly-Clark to deliver clinical solutions, hygiene & cleaning offerings, and educational resources that they can depend on to prevent, diagnose and manage a wide variety of healthcare-associated infections. This more than $1 billion global enterprise of Kimberly-Clark Corporation holds the No. 1 or No. 2 market share position in several categories, including infection control solutions, surgical solutions, pain management, hygiene solutions and digestive health. And throughout the care continuum, patients and staff alike trust Kimberly-Clark medical supplies and devices, KLEENEX tissues, KLEENEX & SCOTT skin care products and SCOTT towels for day-to-day needs. For more information, visit http://www.kchealthcare.com and http://www.kcprofessional.com.  

About Kimberly-Clark Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, nearly a quarter of the world's population trust K-C's brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, HUGGIES, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds No. 1 or No. 2 share positions in more than 80 countries. To keep up with the latest K-C news and to learn more about the company's 140-year history of innovation, visit http://www.kimberly-clark.com/.

SOURCE Kimberly-Clark

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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