Hand Sanitizers are used as an antiseptic and antibacterial hand rub to disinfect hands, especially in a healthcare environment where there are many bacteria and viruses. Alcohol based hand sanitizers are used as a supplement and even as an alternative to hand wash when soap and water isn’t easily available to maintain hand hygiene. Hand sanitizers come in different forms such as liquids, gels, sprays, and foams.
In today’s time, hand sanitizers are omnipresent and have become a necessity to keep hands clean. The pandemic has made us more conscious of hand hygiene and the importance of washing off bacteria and germs from our hands. This has resulted in hand sanitisers being found everywhere you go, from homes, workplaces, restaurants, airports & other public places to clinics, nursing homes and hospitals. Hand sanitizer use is a basic practice at all medical facilities.
All quality certification bodies in healthcare prescribe this as a necessity especially in light of COVID-19 pandemic and the hospital acquired infection (HAI) data that is now so widely available and analyzed. As an inpatient or patient attendant, one must insist on being provided with hand sanitizer bottles by the hospital/ nursing home to avoid contracting with viruses due to multiple types of germs.
These antibacterial hand sanitizer gels 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:
Alcohol Based: An alcohol-based rub (liquid, gel or foam) is designed for application to the hands to eliminate microorganisms and/or temporarily suppress their growth. Such antibacterial hand washmay contain one or more types of alcohol and other active ingredients with excipients, and humectants. Alcohol based hand rubsare considered one of the most effective ways to get rid of bacteria and viruses.
2. CHG (Chlorhexidine Gluconate) Based:
CHG is a commonly used antimicrobial ingredient used in surgical scrubs and healthcare antiseptic soaps. CHG has persistent germ-killing properties. CHG compatibility 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.
3. 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.
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