Awards Program Recognizes HAI-Prevention Efforts

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ROSWELL, Ga.—Kimberly-Clark Health Care this week announced that submissions are now being accepted for the 2011 HAI WATCHDOG Awards. The program, now in its second year, aims to recognize the efforts of dedicated healthcare professionals working to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in their healthcare facilities.

In highlighting the efforts of healthcare professionals around the world in the fight against HAIs, the program provides a forum for healthcare providers to share best practices for infection prevention. The deadline to submit a program for consideration is Jan. 31, 2012.

Kimberly-Clark Health Care will award five programs in the United States and Canada with an educational grant. Programs with completed and measurable results will be judged by a panel of infection prevention healthcare professionals, while education and awareness programs with non-measurable results will be judged by online public voting by fellow healthcare professionals.

A patient education category has been added to this year’s awards in recognition that patients and their families have a role in infection prevention and that more facilities are taking responsibility for educating patients and their community. This new award provides an opportunity for healthcare professionals to share and learn from best practices on patient and community education.

Also new to this year’s awards program, nominations will now be accepted from the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, in addition to the U.S. and Canada.

The deadline for entries, to be submitted online, is Jan. 31, 2012 for programs conducted between Oct. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2011.

To participate or learn more, visit the HAI WATCHDOG Awards website: http://haiwatchdog.com/pg/hai_contest_pages/read/contest_about

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