PDI Champions the Fight Against HAIs with Toolkit

Continuing in its mission to prevent hospital acquired infections (HAIs), Professional Disposables International, Inc. (PDI), will fund and collaborate with leaders from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and Safe Care Campaign, an advocacy group, to create “The Champion’s Kit.” Focusing on infection prevention, the kit is a resource tool to assist infection preventionists in educating the hospital staff and administrators about proper infection prevention techniques and solutions. Educating these “champions of infection prevention” will help the hospital/facility reach their goal of zero HAIs.

Joann Reilly, PDI’s senior director of marketing, says, “We are happy to support APIC as PDI is committed to fighting the spread of deadly infections and reducing cross-contamination worldwide.”

Included in the kit will be a quick start/facilitators guide for the infection preventionist, five motivational posters (in English and Spanish), successful case studies on hand hygiene, surface disinfection and skin antisepsis, a resource guide and a motivational video from Safe Care Campaign founder Victoria Nahum, who lost a child from a hospital-acquired infection. As part of the program, PDI will sponsor the initial run of 20,000 kits and distribute them at the annual APIC meeting, to be held June 6-11, 2009 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. They will also be distributed to APIC members who do not attend APIC 2009, as well as to healthcare executives at various speaking engagements.

This program is in addition to PDI’s ongoing infection prevention efforts. The company’s PIT Crew, or “Preventing Infections Together,” was introduced in 2007 and focuses on training healthcare workers in the latest products and infection prevention techniques on surface disinfection, hand hygiene and skin antisepsis. For more information, visit www.pdipdi.com.

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