CINCINNATI — Cintas Corporation
announced the availability of a new white paper that offers environmental service directors (EVS) tips to improve the handling of cleaning materials to reduce hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), according to a press release.
Available at booth #422 during the ASHES 2010 Annual Conference and Health Care Marketplace
, the white paper is designed to help health care facilities reduce costs and limit any potentially negative implications associated with HAIs, the release stated.
"On January 1, 2010, Medicare
began denying reimbursement for hospital-acquired infections which currently occurs at a rate of five percent to 10 percent in many hospitals," said Jan Eudy, corporate quality assurance manager for Cintas Corporation.
"While the environmental service department plays an instrumental role in preventing the spread of infection with its cleaning programs, it is equally important to make sure that cleaning tools are properly laundered and/or disposed of to maximize cleaning performance," Eudy added.