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Your Healthcare Hygiene Guide

Healthcare leaders today are taking even greater precautions to safeguard personnel, patients and visitors. Use this guide to prepare your environment for the highest of hygiene standards.

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Hygiene Expertise for Hygiene Excellence

When any patient, visitor or staff member walks through the doors of your healthcare facility, they’re trusting you with their well-being. As an industry innovator and leader in hygiene products for nearly 150 years, Kimberly-Clark Professional understands the meaning of that trust. While you implement new measures and protocols, we’ve got the tools, solutions and guidance to help meet your needs.

Industry Landscape

Heightened Healthcare Precautions

It is increasingly vital to prepare for the following protocols in healthcare environments:

 

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Frequent hand washing reinforced for everyone

Visible reminders and guidelines for staff, patients and visitors

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Greater surface hygiene throughout facilities

Increase frequency of surface disinfecting with wider staff participation

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Social distancing implemented whenever possible

Physical spacing and protective barriers used consistently

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Appropriate use of personal protective equipment

Provide PPE and train personnel on proper use

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Touchless technology and processes where possible

Use of voice-activated commands, sensor activation and doors without handles

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Implementing and encouraging telehealth

Expand access to essential health services via phone and online visits

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Preparedness Checklist

Review this list of considerations from the CDC to help ensure you’ve considered everything.

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Healthcare Hygiene Hot Spots

A quick guide to areas where hand soaps, sanitizers and disinfectants should be put to use.

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Hygiene Insights

Germs: The More You Know

Germs are everywhere. Here are some stats to keep in mind.

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Face the Facts

Based on a survey conducted by the CDC, about 72,000 U.S. hospital patients with healthcare-associated infections died during their hospitalizations in 2015.1

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Help Your Hands

Nearly 95%2 of adults don’t wash long enough to thoroughly clean germs from their hands.

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Safety at Stake

There were an estimated 687,000 healthcare-associated infections in U.S. acute care hospitals in 2015, based on a survey conducted by the CDC.1

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Cloth Concerns

Cotton cloths can reduce the efficacy of disinfectant chemicals by up to 85%.3

It’s only natural to be concerned
by numbers like these.

They underscore the need for rigorous precautions to protect the people in your healthcare environment.
Get prepared with a solid hygiene strategy.

Proactive Measures

Win in Key Action Areas

Among the many actions we can take, two important steps are more critical than ever: washing hands and disinfecting surfaces. These simple measures go a long way to help curb the spread of germs and help create a more hygienic environment.

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Hand Hygiene

A healthcare setting presents many opportunities for hands to pick up and leave behind germs — from doors to telephones, and from food trays to counter tops. It’s vital to provide ample hand soap, water and disposable paper towels, as well as alcohol-based sanitizers throughout the facility. According to the CDC, sanitizer solutions containing 60%–95% alcohol are most effective. 4
Post visual reminders that hands should be washed according to CDC guidelines, especially at these times:

  • Before and after all patient contact
  • After using the restroom
  • After coughing, sneezing or nose-blowing
  • After handling money with ungloved hands
  • After cleaning up messes or disposing of waste
  • Before handling food, and before and after eating
  • Before putting on and after removing PPE, including gloves
  • Before and after contact with potentially infectious material
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Hygiene Hint
According to the CDC, clean hands are one of the most important factors in preventing the spread of dangerous germs and antibiotic resistance in healthcare settings.

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Foodservice in Healthcare | When it comes to serving meals in healthcare, follow FDA guidance on the proper use of gloves. Keep in mind gloves are not a substitute for good hand hygiene. If a task requires direct contact with ready-to-eat food, employees should wash their hands and the exposed portions of their arms for 20 seconds before touching food or food-contact surfaces. Hands should be washed immediately after removing gloves.5


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Hand Washing Guide

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Hand Sanitizing Guide

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Hand Hygiene Routines

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Sanitization

Now more than ever, it’s critical to frequently clean and disinfect throughout the healthcare environment. Reception desks, nurses' stations and high-touch items – like elevator buttons – all require due diligence. Cleaning and disinfecting several times during the day with EPA-approved products helps improve healthcare hygiene.

Kimberly-Clark Professional offers disposable cleaning cloths as a more hygienic alternative to reusable cloths. We also offer pre-saturated sanitizing wipes for hard, non-porous surfaces and a closed-bucket wiping system for critical tasks.

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Hygiene Hint
93% of sampled laundered towels used to clean hospital rooms contained bacteria that could result in healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), according to a 2013 study published on the AJIC.

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Laundered Towel Contamination Risks, Facts and Considerations

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St. Joseph’s Hospital Case Study Showing ATP Reduced by 84.7%

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WHO Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines

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Communication

One key component to successful healthcare hygiene is communication. Staff and patients at your facility are relying on leadership to prioritize hygiene in critical times. They need to know what’s being done and what’s expected of them via clear, detailed and thoughtful announcements about cleaning and hygiene measures. Print and display the following visual cues to inspire a sense of security and encourage cooperation.

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Hand Washing
Reminder Signage

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Safe Distance
Reminder Signage

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Hygiene Etiquette
Reminders From the CDC

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Assessment

To set up a successful hygiene strategy, there are essential items to consider. Note your level of preparedness in each of these areas, then determine your action steps. For more guidance, connect with a Kimberly-Clark Professional Sales Representative to arrange a virtual hygiene site walk.

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Healthcare Hygiene
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Get Restroom Hygiene Right

Seven out of ten patients and hospital visitors rate “perception of cleanliness” as extremely important to their hospital stay experience. In addition, 84% of consumers view familiar brands as an important signal of a clean and hygienic environment.6 Brands like Kleenex® and Scott® are some of the most loved and recognized brands in North America7 and now, with Elevated Scott® Design on some of our best performing towel and toilet paper products, quality, reliability and performance is visible on every sheet. Consider these key restroom opportunities:

Optimize your hand drying method.

Kimberly-Clark Professional single-use towels help reduce the spread of germs. Their highly absorbent material means it takes fewer towels to dry hands. Our portfolio includes hard roll and folded towels, ideal for high-capacity areas. Space-saving and efficient dispensers, with touchless technology options, provide the solutions that suit your needs.

Maximize soap and sanitizer.

Keep hand soap in good supply to encourage proper hygiene. We deliver rich formulas containing moisturizers that help condition skin, promoting good hand hygiene and increasing satisfaction. For an extra germ-killing step, provide sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol.

Prioritize your toilet paper needs.

Kimberly-Clark Professional offers hygienic, fully enclosed toilet paper dispenser options, plus disposable seat covers with dispensers that are fully enclosed for sanitation. We also offer options for maximum efficiency, as well as brands that deliver a more home-like comfort.

Expert Insights

A study by the Mayo Clinic determined that paper towels should be recommended in locations where hygiene is paramount, such as hospitals and clinics.

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Hygiene Hint
Drying with paper towels can remove up to 77% of bacteria that remain on hands after washing.

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Hygiene Solutions

We've Got You Covered

Whatever your healthcare hygiene needs, Kimberly-Clark Professional has a range of solutions and bundles to help you create cleaner, more hygienic spaces.

Discover our recommended products and the areas where you’ll find them most useful.

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Scott® Pro Electronic Roll Towel System

29739/ 25700

Designed to take hand hygiene to another level. The dispenser is 99.99% jam-free*, so you can count on its reliable, touchless operation. Features Elevated Scott® Design.

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Scott® Control
Slimroll Electronic
Towel System

47261/ 47032

Enhanced hygiene solution for critical environments. Fits in places where roll towels usually can’t go, reliably dispensing three times more towels per unit than folded towels. Features Elevated Scott® Design.

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Scott® Pro Electronic Skin Care System

32508/ 91592/ 91590

Easy-to-load, hygienic, enclosed system offers high-capacity 1.2L cassette. Foam Skin Cleanser with moisturizers provides a rich, creamy lather, while killing 99.9% of germs on hands in 15 seconds.

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Scott® Electronic Skin Care System

32499/ 91594/ 34643

Easy-to-load, hygienic, enclosed skin care system offers high-capacity 1.2L cassette. Antimicrobial Foam Skin Cleanser improves skin hydration by 30% and the Foam Hand Sanitizer kills 99.9% of germs on hands in less than 15 seconds.

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Scott® Pro High Capacity Coreless Tissue Dispenser

44519/ 47305

Our longest single-roll bathroom tissue system delivers 1,100 sheets of two-ply bathroom tissue per roll. It offers 100% roll utilization with 10% more sheets per case than the industry standard. Features Elevated Scott® Design.

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Scott® Control Hygienic High-Capacity Tissue System

40407/ 48280

Fully enclosed folded bathroom tissue system reduces the spread of germs through hygienic dispensing – only touch the tissue you take. Can also be used for frequent touch points such as door handles and faucets.

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Scott® Control Slimfold Folded Towel System

34830/ 04442

Elevate hygiene and image with this revolutionary system with the most capacity per square inch. Overstuff feature eliminates waste and improves hygienic dispensing.

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WypAll®
X60 Cloths

34790

A versatile reusable cloth to replace assorted rags; absorbs 2X faster than rags for efficient cleanup.

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WypAll®
L30 Towels

05812

Ideal for a wide range of light-duty maintenance and janitorial wiping tasks. This wiping towel has a towel-like feel at a value price and quarter-folded for easy storage.

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Kleenex®
Facial Tissue

21400

Promote good hygiene with America’s #1 facial tissue. Choosing Kleenex® lets your staff know that you care enough to provide the very best.

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Kleenex®
Facial Tissue

21606

Promote good hygiene with America’s #1 facial tissue. Choosing Kleenex® lets your staff know that you care enough to provide the very best.

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Kimtech Prep Wipers for the WetTask Wiping System

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Closed-bucket wiping system for saturated wiping with sanitizers, bleach and disinfectants—just pour in the cleaner you choose.

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WypAll®
L40 Towels

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Soft like a tissue, absorbs like a sponge, toss like a towel.

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Scott® Scottfold Folded Towel System

09215/ 01960

Compact size fits in tight spaces, and it's specially designed to work with Scottfold Paper Towels – a favorite towel, known for their “one-at-a-time, every time" dispensing guarantee.

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WypAll®
Foodservice Cloths

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Made with high-tech HydroKnit® fast-absorbing material. Suitable for all common cleaning and sanitizing tasks in foodservice industries. Strong enough for extended use.

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Talk With Our Experts

Request a Virtual Hygiene Site Walk

Our experts are here to guide you every step of the way in choosing the right mix of products and solutions for your facility. With your request for a virtual hygiene walk, a Kimberly-Clark Professional Representative will contact you to schedule a phone call or video consultation to view your facility virtually.

We will:
• Identify key areas to consider hygiene upgrades
• Recommend the right mix of germ fighting solutions for your facility
• Share tips and best practices on communicating changes and gaining compliance