EDITOR’S NOTE:  Mr. Dam is available via telephone, Skype and satellite facilities for interviews that can be scheduled via Donald J. Claxton of Dallas at 214-364-7240.

AUSTIN, TX—In the wake of the virtual deaths of millions around the globe this past weekend in the movie Contagion, a Texas inventor of anti-microbial products says now is the time for increased awareness of the ways viruses can spread, particularly among the equipment and clothing worn and used by healthcare providers.

“From our standpoint, the message to healthcare providers watching Contagion was clear: ‘You’re not immune from the spread of diseases.  They can kill you, too, if you’re not careful,’” said Tuan Dam, the founder of Cleanint, LLC in Austin.  “On one hand, we’re asking healthcare officials to ask themselves, ‘Are you practicing SafeSteth?’ and the other asking patients to ask, ‘Do you know where that stethoscope has been?’”

Contagion, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt Damon, opened Friday nationwide and grossed more than $23 million over the weekend. The film portrays the rapid spread of a mutated virus from Asia and how quickly one could spread around the world and kill millions before being brought under control.

“To their credit, the producers of Contagion remind moviegoers that not even healthcare professionals are immune to the spread of viruses, and that we all must be more careful about preventing the spread of harmful germs,” Dam said.  “After seeing the movie, when I hear someone cough I’m reminded of the things we all should be doing to keep ourselves healthy.”

Cleanint has produced a series of anti-microbial products including Cleanstethoscope for healthcare, the Cleanstylus for checkout counters, and Cleanpen, for schools and offices that each kill up to 99.99 percent of germs on the surfaces often exposed and viable for spreading illnesses and diseases.

Dam said his company is developing a campaign that encourages the practice of “SafeSteth.”

“Studies show that stethoscopes and even scrubs that healthcare providers wear can easily become hosts for highly contagious germs such as MRSA, Staph and Bacillus,” Dam said. “What we’re asking is for people to think about where that stethoscope has been before it gets rubbed across their arm, under their shirt or even across their clothes. It’s a fair question to ask the medic in an ambulance, the nurse taking your vitals or a physician listening to your lungs if they practice SafeSteth.”

Mr. Dam says with movies like Contagion and the release of more and more information to the healthcare community, there are opportunities to affect change in current practices and raise awareness in the healthcare industry, retail outlets and our schools and offices.

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Claxton Creative, LLC

Claxton Creative is a DFW-area based public relations firm specializing in the promotion of healthcare-related technology and products.  Owned by former political advisor and Dallas Schools spokesman Donald Claxton, the company specializes in public relations, social media branding and Web technologies

Cleanint:  it’s simple—it’s clean.

The focus of the Cleanint anti-microbial product line is based on this singular concept: “it’s simple—it’s clean.” Whether it’s for healthcare, checkout counters, offices or schools, this principle is at the heart of everything we develop and what makes our products unique, cost-effective and powerful without compromising consumer safety. This philosophy has led to the development of our flagship products Cleanpen, Cleanstylus, and in mid-2011, the launching of Cleanstethoscope. To us, “it’s simple—it’s clean,” means the development of innovative germ-killing products that perform flawlessly without getting in the way, and by helping people live healthier knowing our products are reducing the risk of spreading germs or diseases. It’s simple, if a proposed product doesn’t meet our standard of “it’s simple — it’s clean” we won’t make it.  Cleanint, LLC was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas.