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The PURELL SOLUTION™ for Athletic Facilities Proven to Help Athletes Stay in the Game

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.

Providing proven products and directing proper placement alone resulted in over 60% reduction, while combining products and placement with comprehensive education resulted in over 95% reduction

Delivering evidence-based skin and surface hygiene solutions was the fundamental component of the study, but we knew we were up against natural behavior fluency if the products were not readily accessible and easy to use. Previously, athletic trainers kept their cleaning products under sinks or locked away. This added step made hygiene an inconvenience within their busy day, therefore easier to ignore. To solve this, we provided athletic training room product placement maps, brackets and dispensers with the installation of PURELL® Hand Sanitizer, PURELL HEALTHY SOAP® and PURELL Surface Disinfection. These pieces helped conveniently set the products in high-traffic areas, making a crucial impact on program compliance; safe and effective products were suddenly easily available, which resulted in increased use.

The element that yielded the most impactful adjustment in behavior was providing a clear, concise, yet comprehensive education program that addressed each stakeholder. Because athletic trainers are a key authority figure in the lives of student-athletes, The PURELL Solution for Athletic Facilities (formerly Healthy Edge) further enabled them to become the champion of health and safety by distributing training to additional stakeholders like coaching staff.

The study concluded that a program that modifies hygiene behavior by connecting products, people and education can yield impactful infection control:

  • Providing proven products and directing proper placement alone resulted in over 60% reduction in total bacteria. After implementing the customized processes, protocol and educational resources outlined in the Healthy Edge Program, the participating athletic training rooms experienced a 95% reduction in total bacteria, while antibiotic-resistant bacteria were reduced from 13% to 0%.3
  • At the beginning of the study, influenza was detected on 25% of the analyzed surfaces, including front door handles, drawer handles, water bottle lids and water cooler nozzles. After the implementation of the Healthy Edge program, no influenza was detected on these surfaces. 4

1. Anderson, D. and Sexton, D. (2018). The DICON Program for Infection Prevention in the National Football League. Duke Infection Control Outreach Network.
3. Collaborative Study with University Hospitals; Submission for Peer-Reviewed Publication Underway