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CDC Strongly Recommends Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers for Healthcare Settings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Health-Care Settings, aimed at reducing the growing problem of healthcare-associated infections.  That's where alcohol-based hand sanitizers can help.  Compared to soap and water, they're more effective at killing germs, more convenient to use and gentler on hands.

Highlights of CDC study findings:

  • Although healthcare workers are urged to wash their hands between patient contacts, they often lack the time to do so correctly.
  • Alcohol-based hand rubs reduce bacterial counts on the hands of personnel more effectively than plain soaps.
  • In a majority of studies, alcohol-based hand rubs reduced bacterial counts to a greater degree than antimicrobial soaps.
  • Alcohol-based hand rubs can be made more accessible than sinks and other hand washing facilities and require less time to use effectively
  • Alcohol-based products caused less skin irritation and dryness than the soaps used for hand washing.
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Although specifically aimed at healthcare professionals, the new CDC Guideline is expected to raise public awareness about the effectiveness of alcohol-based instant hand sanitizers.

In as little as 15 seconds, PURELL kills 99.99 percent of most common germs that may cause illness.  PURELL is specially formulated to include moisturizers and is convenient, easy to use and gentler on the hands than soap and water, making hand dygiene compliance significantly more practical.

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