Clorox Healthcare Partners with APUA to Raise Awareness on the Link Between Antimicrobial Stewardship, Environmental Hygiene and Infection Control Practices

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Clorox Healthcare and the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA) today announced a new partnership to educate the healthcare community on comprehensive infection control practices to help reduce the spread of infection in healthcare facilities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that drug-resistant bacteria cause two million illnesses and approximately 23,000 deaths each year in the United States alone. 1 Mathematical modeling included in its latest Vital Signs report shows that the spread of drug-resistant infections and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) will increase without immediate improvements in infection control and antibiotic prescribing. The report also states that if improved infection control practices and antibiotic stewardship efforts were adopted nationally, 619,000 infections and 37,000 deaths could be prevented over five years.2