Ecolab Introduces New Hospital Program EnCompass(TM)


Ecolab Inc. introduced its new EnCompass(TM) Environmental Hygiene program, a comprehensive clinical program that helps hospitals improve patient room hygiene and prevent the spread of infections. The program includes cleaning tools, products, dispensing equipment, auditing processes and cleanliness monitoring to help hospitals clean patient rooms more quickly, consistently and effectively.

"Healthcare organizations recognize the important role that proper cleaning plays in infection prevention, yet research has found that on average fewer than half of the high-touch surfaces are cleaned in patient rooms in most hospitals1," said Paul B. Chaffin, vice president of Ecolab Healthcare North America. "Ecolab developed EnCompass to help healthcare providers improve hygiene and reduce the environmental transmission of pathogens that cause infections."

"Proper cleaning is critically important in preventing the spread of pathogens, placing environmental services on the frontline of defense in infection control," said Phillip C. Carling, MD, director of infectious diseases and epidemiology at Caritas Carney Hospital in Boston, a professor at Boston University School of Medicine and an advisor to Ecolab Healthcare. "The right tools, education and a systematic approach to cleaning are proven to reduce environmental contamination which helps prevent infections."

About Ecolab

With sales of $6 billion and more than 26,000 associates, Ecolab Inc. (NYSE: ECL) is the global leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety and infection prevention products and services. Ecolab delivers comprehensive programs and services to foodservice, food and beverage processing, healthcare, and hospitality markets in more than 160 countries.
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