Kimberly-Clark to Offer Free Literature on Handwashing to Mark Clean Hands Week, Sept. 18-24, 2005

ROSWELL, Ga. -- In recognition of Clean Hands Week, Sept. 18-24, 2005, Kimberly-Clark Professional is currently offering free literature on proper handwashing. The information can be downloaded from the Kimberly-Clark Professional Web site at

The free information includes hand-hygiene tips for the general public as well as for healthcare workers, and health and hygiene wellness guides for office buildings, schools, healthcare facilities, hotels and manufacturing sites. A downloadable poster on the proper use of waterless hand sanitizers is also available. In addition, the information will continue to be posted on the Web site after Clean Hands Week ends. 

Handwashing is one of the most important things you can do to keep from getting sick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC estimates that foodborne illnesses cause about 76 million cases of illnesses, more than 300,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. The CDC also estimates that each year, nearly 2 million patients in the United States get an infection in hospitals and about 90,000 of these patients die as a result of their infection. Improved hand hygiene can help reduce the number of both foodborne illnesses and hospital-acquired infections. 

Source: Kimberly-Clark Professional