Cintas Releases Infection Preventionist Survey Results
Study shows infection control teaming up with environmental services to improve infection control efforts
CINCINNATI — Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) today announced the results of an attendee survey conducted at the recent APIC 2010 conference. The survey was designed to better understand the relationship between infection prevention department and environmental services (EVS) in controlling hospital-acquired infections. The survey was completed by 100 infection control personnel.
Results showed that 79 percent of respondents indicated they work closely with the EVS department to establish cleaning protocols and ensure compliance. An additional 73 percent of respondents advised they were also involved in the selection of the cleaning products used within their facility.
“Infection preventionists play a pivotal role in limiting the spread of bacteria and viruses in a healthcare environment,” said Brent Shafer, VP Healthcare at Cintas. “By working closely with the EVS department, they can be a proponent for EVS to gain additional financial resources. This helps to improve overall levels of cleanliness, reducing cross contamination and infection.”
Respondents also indicated a preference for microfiber as a cleaning tool. Of those surveyed, 52 percent indicated they implemented a microfiber program as the preferred method for cleaning patient rooms. Of those using microfiber, 98 percent felt that it demonstrated a positive contribution to their facility’s infection control efforts.
“With growing concern over increasingly virulent microorganisms and cross-contamination in many healthcare environments, more facilities are stepping up their infection control efforts,” said David Collette, Director, New Business Development, Marketing and Strategy, Cintas. “These survey findings show that infection preventionists and EVS personnel are working together and starting to use the right tools for the job. This is a great step forward to providing an infection-free environment for patients and visitors and hospital personnel.”
For a full copy of the survey results or for more information on Cintas’ solutions for healthcare facilities, go to www.cintashealthcare.com/news
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services and document management services for approximately 800,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a Nasdaq-100 company and component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.