ROSWELL, Ga., Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of the important role that professionals, clinicians, consumers and industry partners play in infection prevention, Kimberly-Clark announced today its partnership with the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology ( APIC) as a "Champion" for International Infection Prevention Week ( IIPW), October 14-20.
Hundreds of millions of patients are affected by healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) worldwide each year, leading to significant mortality and financial losses for health systems. Approximately 1.7 million hospital patients in the U.S. contract an HAI each year while 4.1 million patients in the EU are affected by HAIs each year. Many of these infections are preventable. IIPW provides a focal point for those dedicated to preventing the spread of HAIs to shine a light on infection prevention and its power to save lives.
Kimberly-Clark is a leader in HAI prevention offering products, timely and relevant education and facilitating information sharing to help healthcare professionals, patients and visitors reduce the risk of acquiring or spreading an HAI. Kimberly-Clark provides HAI prevention resources and training to clinicians and healthcare organizations through the website www.haiwatch.com. The Company also hosts the yearly HAI Watchdog Awards to recognize the efforts of dedicated healthcare professionals working to prevent HAIs in their healthcare facilities and to facilitate the sharing of best practices. Entries for the 2012 awards are now being accepted at www.haiwatchdog.com. Continuous education around infection prevention practices is vital and Kimberly-Clark is supporting a clinical seminar on HAI prevention for healthcare professionals in acute and ambulatory care settings on November 8 and 9. Additional complimentary accredited educational webinars are available at www.kcknowledgenetwork.com. To empower patients and families 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 at www.preventinfections.com."Supporting APIC's International Infection Prevention Week is a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate our shared commitment to advancing the field of infection prevention and increasing awareness of the need to combat infections worldwide," said Joanne Bauer, President, Kimberly-Clark Health Care. "We can all do a better job of protecting patients. This is an opportune time to celebrate the work underway to reduce HAIs in our community and to further involve consumers in their own care." APIC is using IIPW to remind consumers of three simple steps to prevent infection:
- Wash your hands and cover your cough.
- Ask your healthcare providers to do the same.
- Speak up if you have any questions about your care.
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