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Kaivac release 6.14

June 14, 2011
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Take the Hospital Infections Quiz

Hamilton, OH – Every year, thousands of people around the world enter hospitals because they are sick, but instead of getting better, many get sicker. This is not necessarily because dedicated nurses and staff were not able to help them.

In fact, in many cases, it is just the opposite. Patients are cured of the disease that brought them into the hospital. The problem is they have acquired a new infection, called a nosocomial disease, from staying in the hospital.

Because proper cleaning can help minimize nosocomial diseases and help keep people healthy, Kaivac, developers of the No-Touch Cleaning® system, suggests we all take the following quiz to learn more about this serious problem (answers are below):

1.About how many extra days does a patient have to stay in the hospital if he or she has acquired a nosocomial disease?

· Five days

· Ten days

· Twenty days

· None, usually the patient can go home

2. How much does it cost to treat a nosocomial disease?

About $5,000

About $20,000

About $40,000

Less than $5,000

3.According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates, how many people in the United States die each year from a nosocomial disease?

About 500

About 5,000

Close to 100,000

More than 100,000

4.The main way nosocomial diseases are spread is the following:

Lack of proper hand washing

Improper use or removal of gloves

Lack of or improper surface sanitation

All of the above

5.What percentage of nosocomial diseases are preventable?

At least 20 percent

More than half

As much as 70 percent



1. Twenty

2. $40,000 (Note: Often the hospital must absorb these costs; in many cases, insurance companies and government will no longer pay them)

3. Close to $100,000

4. All of the above

5. As much as 70

*The Kaivac Cleaning Challenge is an ongoing service by Kaivac, Inc., designed to help cleaning professionals maintain facilities so that they are cleaner, healthier, with minimal impact on the environment.

About Kaivac, Inc.
Headquartered in Hamilton, Ohio, Kaivac, Inc. delivers complete science-based cleaning systems designed to produce healthy results and outcomes while raising the value of cleaning operations and the professionalism of the worker. The originator of No-Touch Cleaning®, Kaivac offers an integrated portfolio of environmentally friendly cleaning products designed to remove the maximum amount of soil and potentially harmful biopollutants in the most cost-effective manner possible. For more information, visit

About No-Touch Cleaning®

Designed to remove the maximum amount of soil, bacteria, and other biopollution, Kaivac’s patented No-Touch Cleaning systems combine an indoor pressure washer, a powerful wet vacuum and chemistry into an integrated system. Empowering workers to hygienically clean without touching contaminated surfaces, these systems not only clean better, but also cut labor, chemical, and equipment costs while raising worker morale and image. In fact, studies show that Kaivac’s No-Touch Cleaning systems are 60 times more effective in reducing bacterial contamination on tile and grout surfaces than mops, which are more likely to spread contaminants than remove them.

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