Surgical product how-tos

How to wash hands

By: Mölnlycke Health Care, December 22 2011Posted in: Surgical product how-tos

Hands are a source of and vehicle for transmitting microorganisms. An effective hand hygiene regimen can reduce the infection rate1.

An effective hand antiseptic is fast-acting and persistent. Therefore, it should be a product that has an immediate effect plus a residual active ingredient, such as chlorhexidine gluconate which has been shown to have up to twenty-four hours' activity. 2

Hand antiseptics also needs to gentle on the skin. Hands can easily be damaged because healthcare personnel need to use antiseptics approximately 15-20 times during one day, unless the product is proven to be kind to skin.

References

  1. Pittet, D., et al., Evidence-based model for hand transmission during patient care and the role of improved practices. Lancet Infect Dis, 2006. 6(10): p. 641-52.
  2. MBT Study No. 582-106, Study Protocol # 582.1.11.12.12.
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