At the United Nations General Assembly the U.S. government launched the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Challenge, a yearlong effort to accelerate the fight against antimicrobial resistance across the globe that calls on governments, private industries and NGOs to make formal commitments that further progress against antimicrobial resistance.
At Clorox Healthcare we are proud to support the AMR Challenge with the following public commitment:
Why? Because in healthcare facilities, antimicrobial resistance can make common infections deadly and impossible to treat and we can help make a difference.
Clorox Healthcare’s AMR Challenge Commitment
Clorox Healthcare products are used by healthcare facilities nationwide to kill antimicrobial resistant organisms on environmental surfaces, which helps prevent infections and reduce the spread of resistant germs. Preventing infections from developing helps protect human health, prevent the health and financial consequences of disease, reduce the amount of antibiotics used, and prevent the spread of resistant organisms.
To that end, our commitment to the AMR Challenge includes actions that:
- Improve infection prevention practices: Clorox Healthcare conducts its own research and supports external clinical and laboratory research into the reservoirs, vehicles and modes of pathogen transmission in healthcare settings and best practices for infection prevention and control. Through presentations at scientific meetings, publications in peer-reviewed journals and peer-to-peer sharing, this work adds to the knowledge base that informs the development of infection prevention and control guidelines and surface cleaning and disinfection practices implemented in healthcare facilities every day.
- Make it easier to kill pathogens and reduce the spread of resistant germs: By providing best-in-class surface cleaning and disinfecting solutions and advanced technologies scientifically proven to kill resistant pathogens, continuously innovating to make effective infection prevention easier and more efficient, and supporting front-line healthcare providers and environmental services professionals with evidenced-based protocols, education and training.
- Raise awareness of the need for infection prevention and stewardship and promote best practices: Antimicrobial resistance does not respect boundaries within and between hospitals and long-term care facilities, or distinguish between healthcare settings and other public and private spaces. As the manufacturer of leading cleaning and disinfecting brands, we will use our platform to raise awareness and communicate the importance of infection prevention and the responsible use of antibiotics to a broad audience.
We’ll be tracking our activities in support of our commitment throughout the year and look forward to sharing the results.
CloroxPro recently announced that we’ve partnered with AutoNation, America's largest automotive retailer, to introduce PrecisionCare powered by Clorox® Total 360®, a revolutionary sanitizing system that uses patented electrostatic technology combined with Clorox® products to kill 19 of the most common illness-causing germs.
You may be wondering why CloroxPro, a 100+ year old company best known for products used to help keep homes, schools and hospitals clean and healthy is suddenly interested in cars. The answer is simple: American drivers spend an average of 294 hours — the equivalent of more than seven 40-hour work weeks — behind the wheel each year1 and it turns out that vehicle interiors are often full of germs.
The link between contaminated surfaces, germ transfer and the spread of infection is well documented. In healthcare facilities, admission to a room previously occupied by a patient with a multi-drug resistant organism has been shown to increase the risk of the next patient by 40 percent.2 Although relatively few studies have been conducted in homes, studies in children’s daycare centers3,4,5 also show that viruses can survive on surfaces and play a part in the transmission of germs, both at daycare and at home.
In these settings, cleaning and disinfecting is understood to be a standard preventative behavior, like washing hands and covering coughs, but there’s a disconnect when it comes to cars.
Car interiors can house up to eight times as many germs as surfaces in public restrooms,6 but a recent survey found that 44 percent of drivers only clean the inside of their vehicle once a year or less.7
PrecisionCare powered by Clorox® Total 360®offers a convenient and comprehensive professional solution to sanitize and disinfect vehicle interiors, enabling a cleaner, healthier and safer ride — and that matters! It matters for healthy individuals, it matters for busy families and it really matters if you or a loved one have a weakened immune system.
If PrecisionCare powered by Clorox® Total 360® can help protect even one vulnerable patient by killing germs in cars, it is well worth.
Is this a silver bullet? Of course not. Germs are a part of life and no surface stays clean and disinfected forever, but PrecisionCare powered by Clorox® Total 360® makes it easy to quickly and thoroughly kill germs throughout vehicle interiors and provides peace of mind that your car is sanitized for a healthier ride.
1 Americans Spend an Average of 17,600 Minutes Driving Each Year. AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Annual American Driving Survey. 8 Sept. 2016. Date accessed: 29 Nov. 2018. Retrieved from: https://newsroom.aaa.com/2016/09/americans-spend-average-17600-minutes-driving-year/.
2 Risk of acquiring antibiotic-resistant bacteria from prior room occupants. Huang SS, Datta R, Platt R. Arch Intern Med. 2006 Oct 9; 166(18):1945-51.
3 Butz, A.M., Fosarelli, P., Dick, J., Cusack, T., Yolken, R. (1993) Prevalence of rotavirus on high‐risk fomites in day care facilities. Paediatrics 92, 202– 205. 4 Lew, J.F., Moe, C.L., Monroe, S.S., Allen, J.R., Harrison, B.M., Forrester, B.D., et al. (1991) Astrovirus and adenovirus associated with diarrhoea in children in day care settings. Journal of Infectious Diseases 164 , 673– 678.
5 Keswick, B.H., Pickering, L.K., DuPont, H.L., Woodward, W.E. (1983b) Survival and detection of rotaviruses on environmental surfaces in day care centres. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 46, 813– 816.
6 Is your car making you sick? WKYC-TV, Cleveland. 15 Apr. 2014. Date accessed: 29 Nov. 2018. Retrieved from: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2014/04/15/car-germs-making-you-sick/7755017/.
7 One-Third of Drivers Only Clean Their Car Once a Year [Survey]. CarRentals.com. Date accessed: 2 Feb. 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.carrentals.com/blog/driving-with-germs-study/.