Disposable Medical Products and the HAI Challenge

May 22, 2014 10:30 am EDT (US)/15:30 GMT

Expert consensus points to the presence of dangerous pathogens in the hospital environment as a major cause of hospital acquired infection. Most deaths related to antibiotic resistance happen in healthcare settings such as hospitals and nursing homes. As these institutions become superbug seedbeds only persistent and dedicated hospital hygiene can save them from significant liability. This depends on the timely spread of disposable hygiene and hygienically optimized products at the point of attack.

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RKW Group has the distinction of being one of the very first film producers for the nascent hygiene market back in the ‘70s and one of the founder members of EDANA, the globally renowned Trade Association for the nonwovens industry. The overall competence and know-how in film manufacture for hygiene and medical disposables make RKW arguably one of the leaders in its field. With a wide portfolio of product offerings that are recognized throughout the industry, RKW s long experience in the business brings new value to its customers.

  

Speakers: 

Keynote: Dave Rousse,
President, INDA.
Disposable Medical Products: Changing the Game in Hospital Acquired Infections


From 2005 to 2007, Dave was President of Fiberweb North America, at the time a $500 million segment of a $1.2 billion global manufacturer of specialty nonwoven fabrics. Prior to this, Rousse held senior management positions at Monadnock Paper Mills, a manufacturer of nonwovens and specialty papers, at FiberMark Inc., another specialty paper/nonwovens producer, and at International Paper. Rousse is a graduate of Dartmouth College and its associated business and engineering schools. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, serves hundreds of member companies in the nonwovens / engineered fabrics industry doing business globally - see more at: http://www.inda.org/
 

Product Perspectives: Helena Engqvist,
President, Enqvist Consulting.
Development Trends in Disposable Medical Products.


Helena Engqvist is President of Engqvist Consulting, specializing in hygiene and health care products, consumer insight, R&D and e-business. She is also experienced in business analysis and development. Helena has worked with some highly recognized global consumer brands like o.b. tampons, Carefree pantyliners, Libresse sanitary napkins and liners, Nicotinell, Otrivin, and Gerber baby food to name a few. Her career spans 35 years and 40 countries, mostly working in senior management positions in Switzerland, the US, Germany and Sweden with Novartis, Johnson & Johnson and SCA/Mölnlycke. She holds a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology and an executive MBA from the School of Economics, both in Gothenburg, Sweden and speaks English, German, Swedish and French.

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