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WHO partnership to fight HCAIs

Published 13th July, 2012 by Neil Nixon

WHO partnership to fight HCAIs

Sealed Air Corporation is one of the first companies to establish, make possible, and have ongoing participation in, the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Private Organisations for Patient Safety (POPS) platform. As part of this initiative, Sealed Air will bring the expertise of its Diversey brand portfolio together with leading healthcare professionals to promote best practices in hand hygiene for healthier patient care environments.

The online platform aims to improve the implementation of WHO recommendations and reduce healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) by allowing WHO participating companies to share information. As a participant of POPS, Sealed Air will collaborate in the alignment of promotional messages for hand hygiene products with WHO recommendations, continue to enhance the quality of hand hygiene products, and encourage product availability and accessibility in all parts of the world.

According to WHO, of every 100 hospitalised patients, at least seven in developed and 10 in developing countries will acquire an HCAI. To reduce the risk of HCAIs, WHO recommends specific hand hygiene methods involving soap and water or an alcohol-based formula. However, lack of awareness and resources limit hand hygiene in healthcare facilities.

“Cleanliness is essential to limiting the spread of infection within a healthcare institution,” said Pedro Chidichimo, Diversey business unit leader, Sealed Air. “To give patients the best care possible, healthcare providers must be equipped with proper knowledge about HCAIs and solutions for keeping themselves and their patients safe at all times. We are dedicated to helping customers reduce HCAIs and believe that this collaboration will provide healthcare institutions with actionable information on hygiene which will ultimately result in improved healthcare.”

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