Friday, March 12, 2010

Wash those grimy hands!

We all know how important washing our hands can be. But the folks at haiwatch.com have taken it to a whole new level.

When you get the chance, check out their latest campaign efforts to reduce the instances of and educate patients and health care professionals on the presence of HAI's, or health care-associated infections. One of their spokespeople recently contacted me in an effort to spread the news about their current "Not on my Watch" campaign.

As she says, "recognizing the rapid growth in cases of hospital-related infections like MRSA and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), we put together a website called "Not on My Watch" to educate patients and health care professionals."

The goal? To eliminate these preventable illnesses and their often tragic consequences.

The good news is that not only are health facilities around the country taking HAI's seriously,
the rep from haiwatch.com says, "companies like Kimberly Clark and it's partners (http://www.haiwatch.com/Partners.aspx?Region=US) are campaigning and educating health care workers about how important hand washing after seeing each and every patient can be. Of course, health care workers know this, but people can be forgetful."

Tool kits, informational flyers and posters are being sent to hospitals all over the US. They are simple reminders for everyone who sees them to wash their hands. It's so simple yet can save so many lives. A little soap and some warm water never seemed so easy!

More information can be found at haiwatchnews.com.

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