Hand Sanitizers are used as a hand antiseptic and to disinfect hands of people especially in a healthcare environment where there is a great risk and serious impact of spreading infections. These are used as a supplement and even as an alternate to washing hands with soaps. Hand sanitizers come in different forms liquids, gels, sprays and foams. In this day, hand sanitizers are omnipresent and can be found at most homes, work places, restaurants, airports & other public places and most importantly at clinics, nursing homes and hospitals. In healthcare facilities, it is considered a part of best practice to provide ports for hospital hand sanitizers in all areas apart from just the operations theatres â€“ in patient wards & rooms, outpatient waiting areas and even cafeterias. Hand sanitizer use is a basic practice at all medical facilities. All quality certification bodies in healthcare prescribe this as a basic necessity especially in light of the hospital acquired infection (HAI) data that is now so widely available and analysed. As an inpatient or patient attendant, one must insist on being provided with sanitizer bottles by the hospital/ nursing home especially in India where compliance levels are not yet 100%.Sterilization & Antiseptic products have been utilized widely across all departments in hospitals & nursing homes. These antibacterial hand gel are the most popular antiseptic product followed by Surgical Hand Wash, Skin Prep Solutions, Instrument and Equipment Detergents and Disinfectants, etc.
Types and uses of Hand Sanitizers:
Hand sanitizer ingredients help define the different types of hand sanitizers.
Alcohol based hand sanitizer -
An alcohol based rub (liquid, gel or foam) is designed for application to the hands to inactivate microorganisms and/or temporarily suppress their growth. Such alcohol based sanitizer hand wash may contain one or more types of alcohol, other active ingredients with excipients, and humectants. Alcohol hand rubs are considered one of the most effective.
CHG (chlorexidine gluconate) based -
CHG is a commonly used antimicrobial ingredient used in surgical scrubs and healthcare antiseptic soaps. CHG has persistent germ killing properties. CHG compatible means that the product being used will not inhibit the effectiveness (both instant and persistent kill) of a CHG-based product below a required level.
Povidone iodine based -
It is an antiseptic used for skin disinfection before and after surgery. It may be used both to disinfect the skin of the patient and the hands of the healthcare providers. It may also be used for minor wounds. It may be applied to the skin as a liquid or a powder.
These serve as the active ingredient and along with thickening agents are the main components of a hand sanitizer. Some brands might contain non-medical additives such as moisturizers and perfumes. Ethanol (ethyl alcohol), propanol and isopropyl alcohol are the alcohols used as active ingredients for liquid hand sanitizers. They come in liquid or gel form and are known as hand rub as well. Since alcohol dries the hand, some hand sanitizers also come with moisturizers and perfume to maintain skin integrity.
Key Points to be considered while deciding to purchase hand sanitizers for a hospital or nursing home
Pack size - hand sanitizer bottle and hand sanitizer spray are available in various sizes and packing with some of the common ones being 500 ml bottle (for placement in various areas inside a hospital), 100 ml bottle (for placement on patient bedside and to hand over on discharge) and 2.5 litre bottles (used as refill packs)
2. Pricing - 3M Avagard and Microshield are the premium brands of hand disinfectant available in India. The value for money segment consists of brands such as Torrel, Dr Sabharwal and Schuelke Desmanol MCT. Compare the sanitizer prices before making the decision.
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