CHICAGO, June 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Hill-Rom (NYSE: HRC), a worldwide provider of clinical workflow solutions for the health care environment, has announced a new partnership with Ecolab®, a global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services, offering hand-hygiene solutions designed for the health care market. The partnership focuses on the Hill-Rom® Hand Hygiene Compliance Solution, which integrates products and technologies from both companies, and will debut this week at one of the industry's largest events, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology's (APIC) 2014 annual conference in Anaheim, Calif.
The integrated system features Ecolab hand-hygiene products and dispensers that work with the Hill-Rom® real-time locating solution (RTLS) to effectively monitor hand-hygiene compliance. Hand hygiene is a straightforward and effective method for preventing costly and deadly health care-associated infections (HAIs) 1, yet many hospitals struggle to achieve even 50 percent compliance with recommended protocols. 2 The Hill-Rom Hand Hygiene Compliance Solution continually monitors the patient care environment, reminding key personnel about critical hand-washing events, and providing the data to help drive improved compliance. Institutions that have implemented the Hand Hygiene Compliance Solution have experienced a significant increase in their hand hygiene compliance. 3
"The Hill-Rom Hand Hygiene Compliance Solution directly addresses the challenges hospitals are facing with respect to HAIs, as well as responding to regulatory requirements," says Adam McMullin, Vice President and General Manager, Hill-Rom® Clinical Workflow Solutions. "The Hill-Rom Hand Hygiene Compliance Solution is a great example of our technology platform, which is designed to automate the clinical environment, help improve productivity and safety, and enhance the patient experience."
Hill-Rom's Hand Hygiene Monitoring and EcolabEcolab's Nexa™ hands-free dispenser was designed for the health care environment and features soaps and sanitizers that are specifically formulated for the high-frequency hand-hygiene needs of health care workers.