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Ecolab supports study to improve hand hygiene

September 14, 2009
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ST. PAUL, MN — Ecolab Inc. recently announced it is partnering with the Joint Commission''s Center for Transforming Healthcare to support a study to improve hand hygiene, according to a press release.
The goal of the study, which will be conducted at eight hospitals, is to eliminate hand hygiene as a cause of healthcare associated infections (HAIs), the release stated.
An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 16,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, the release noted.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), proper hand hygiene is the single most effective method for preventing HAIs, which account for more than 100,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.
Paul Chaffin, vice president of Ecolab Healthcare North America, said: "Ecolab shares the Joint Commission''s vision and commitment to reduce HAIs and improve patient safety. Poor hand hygiene and improperly cleaned patient rooms can elevate the risk of infection, so we have designed comprehensive infection prevention solutions, integrated with training and support, to optimize overall performance and drive continuous improvement."
The Center for Transforming Health Care uses a proven systematic approach to analyze specific breakdowns in patient care, discover their underlying causes and then develop targeted solutions that solve these complex problems, the release added.
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