The PURELL® brand combines evidence-based products, customized interventions and concise education tools to reduce germs in athletic training rooms by 95%.
For decades, hospitals and medical facilities have relied on the practice of systematic, evidence-based infection prevention to enrich healthcare quality and decrease disease transmission. Because patients and staff are consistently in close contact with one another and the surfaces around them, these programs are a mandatory, regulated measure of infection risk reduction, and are essential in these settings.
Like patients and medical staff in a hospital, student-athletes constantly interact in close quarters. Therefore, athletic facilities naturally present a higher risk for transmitting diseases such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), influenza and norovirus.1 Even though student-athletes can acquire bacteria from direct person-to-person contact, direct person-to-surface contact or indirect contact with the environment, they often fail to recognize the part they play in reducing the spread of disease. Likewise, athletic trainers and coaches often feel that they are doing enough when it comes to infection control, but commonly struggle to implement and comply with a comprehensive protocol due to a burden of time, budget, inconvenience or lack of education.
As microorganisms, environments and antibiotic resistance continue to evolve, GOJO Industries and University Hospitals noticed the immediate need and opportunity to make infection prevention a priority in athletic training facilities. Research has shown that the combination of both skin hygiene and surface disinfection can drastically decrease the existence and spread of dangerous germs in healthcare facilities.2 Therefore, the goal of our study was to create a program that reduced disease transmission and improved the quality and safety of athletic training rooms.