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Hand towel solution helps the fight against HAIs

Published 3rd August, 2017 by Neil Nixon

Hand towel solution helps the fight against HAIs

The new Scott Control Rolled Hand Towel solution from Kimberly-Clark Professional brings the latest in hygiene innovation to healthcare cleaning professionals, helping the fight against hospital acquired infections - HAIs.

Continuing pressure on budgets in the healthcare sector means efficiency must be pursued, but not at the expense of good hand hygiene compliance which is critical to maintaining high standards of infection control and preventing HAIs. Scott Control Rolled Hand Towel enables healthcare teams to achieve hygiene and efficiency at the same time.

Made with patented Airflex fabric technology and eucalyptus fibre, Scott Control Rolled Hand Towel is softer and more absorbent, so fewer towels are needed for a hygienic hand dry. Additionally, the stamp embossing of the towels increases user preference by more than 40%, according to the company’s research.

“About 20-30% of HAIs are preventable, and research shows that the number one prevention method is good hand hygiene,” said Sophie Rice, EMEA healthcare segment marketing manager for Kimberly-Clark Professional. “However, staff compliance can be a challenge for healthcare facilities. Workers often have to wash and dry their hands up to 20 times every day which can cause sore skin and irritation. Scott Control Rolled Hand Towel is softer to use and therefore kinder to hands, which encourages hand hygiene compliance.”

The towel system is teamed with a new compact dispenser, the Aquarius. It has a smooth design with no dirt traps that might harbour bacteria which enables easy one-wipe cleaning, helping the fight against cross-contamination. Towel dispensing is efficient and hygienic, with users only touching the sheet they use. The never-run-out feature ensures a continuous rolled towel supply. The stub roll is used to the full with normal single sheet dispensing until the roll is finished. It does not feed twice, and the transition to the new roll is seamless, with no overlap, which maximises efficiency and controls budgets.

“Healthcare facilities shouldn't have to make a choice between maintaining high standards of hand hygiene and budget control,” continued Rice. “With Scott Control Rolled Hand Towels there is no compromise. The system drives hygiene compliance with a continuous supply of towels providing a softer, elevated hand dry helping to protect against cross-contamination.”

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