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ConvaTec, A Leader In Antimicrobial Dressings And Infection Management, To Host Live International Webcast On Minimizing Risk Of Wound Infections
Date:9/6/2012

SKILLMAN, N.J., Sept. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ConvaTec, a world-leading developer of innovative medical technologies for community and hospital care, including the only antimicrobial ionic silver Hydrofiber® Technology wound dressing, today announced that it will host a live international webcast on the global problem of wound infections and the steps that hospitals and clinicians can take to help reduce the risk to patients. The webcast will feature presentations by leaders in wound care who will review the latest data on the growing prevalence and impact associated with dangerous wound infections around the world. The webinar will be held at 1:00 PM EDT on Thursday, September 27, 2012 from the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC.

According to the World Health Organization, healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are now the most frequent adverse events in healthcare worldwide.[1] Each year, 90,000 Americans die from HAIs and the cost to our health care system is $26 billion each year.[2] With the increase in the incidence and prevalence of HAIs across all care settings and wound types, governments and payor organizations are implementing new programs in an effort to reduce the risk of HAIs. In addition, requirements related to public reporting of infection rates, non-reimbursement for HAIs, and new protocols for risk aversion are making HAI prevention a major focus of healthcare in the U.S. and in many other countries. Increasingly, hospitals are planning and implementing a broader range of HAI prevention measures than ever before.

The webcast will review the challenges associated with both the prevention and treatment of HAIs including those caused by "superbugs" that can be difficult to treat. Recent results of clinical studies will show the effectiveness of the AQUACEL® family of products against these resistant bacteria, while also emphasizing the positive patient and economic outcomes generated
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