WHO, CDC initiatives aim to boost hand hygiene market: 5 points

Adhering to hand hygiene practices improves patient safety and outcomes, with the hand hygiene market likely to expand, according to a Transparency Market Research report.

Here are five points:

1. World Health Organization and the CDC have launched various initiatives to spur market expansion. WHO named May 5 as World Hand Hygiene Day and the CDC launched Clean Hands Count. The initiative aims to make patients more active participants in their care by asking healthcare personnel to wash their hands.

2. However, a dearth of training and education related to hygiene may hinder market growth.

3. North America is slated to lead the market due to a high awareness of hand hygiene as well as training and adherence to standard guidelines.

4. Throughout the U.S., leading health systems and hospitals have launched education programs and rolled out various hygiene protocols and monitoring systems.

5. Companies operating in the market include Whiteley Corp., EcoHydra, Deb Group, Kimberly-Clark, Kutol, Medline Industries and GOJO.

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