It is increasingly vital to prepare for the following protocols in healthcare environments:
Visible reminders and guidelines for staff, patients and visitors
Increase frequency of surface disinfecting with wider staff participation
Physical spacing and protective barriers used consistently
Provide PPE and train personnel on proper use
Use of voice-activated commands, sensor activation and doors without handles
Expand access to essential health services via phone and online visits
Germs are everywhere. Here are some stats to keep in mind.
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
Nearly 95%2 of adults don’t wash long enough to thoroughly clean germs from their hands.
Based on a survey conducted by the CDC, there were an estimated 687,000 healthcare-associated infections in U.S. acute care hospitals in 2015.1
Cotton cloths can reduce the efficacy of disinfectant chemicals by up to 85%.3
They underscore the need for rigorous precautions to protect the people in your healthcare environment.
Get prepared with a solid hygiene strategy.
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:
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
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.
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.
Designed to take hand hygiene to another level. The dispenser is 99.99% jam-free*, so you can count on its reliable, touchless operation.
Compact, touchless dispensing system to promote hand hygiene. Provides more than 25% more hand dries.
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.
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.
Hygienic, no-touch dispensing design—only touch the tissue you take. Install near entry/exits to help provide a hygienic barrier and disposable solution for opening and closing doors.
A versatile reusable cloth to replace assorted rags; absorbs 2X faster than rags for efficient cleanup.
Kleenex® Brand Anti-Viral†† Facial Tissue has a treated middle layer that kills 99.9% of cold and flu viruses within 15 minutes.
Closed-bucket wiping system for saturated wiping with sanitizers, bleach and disinfectants—just pour in the cleaner you choose.
Easily absorbs liquids, lubricants and oils.
Made with high-tech HydroKnit™ fast-absorbing material. Suitable for all common cleaning and sanitizing tasks in foodservice industries. Strong enough for extended use.