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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Health Care Reform: $50 Billion In Cost Savings From Hand Hygiene

With nearly 2 million people dying a year from Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) and costing up to $50 billion annually, the Joint Commission as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are pressing for higher hand hygiene compliance rates. 

A recent study showed that hand-washing and sanitizing in a healthcare setting can be as low as 34 percent.

Complying with Government Requirements

Food-borne illnesses cause 82 million illnesses in the U.S. annually with 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths.

They cost $152 billion annually in direct medical expenses and lost productivity, health experts estimate.

Foodborne illnesses are caused by a host of pathogens. Hand-washing is recognized as one of the simplest, most effective way of reducing the rate of food-borne illnesses. 

Because it takes no more than 15 seconds of friction to dissolve, alcohol-free hand sanitizers substantially reduce the bacterial and viral contamination of hands and the transmission of illness-causing microorganisms

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