The role of hand sanitizer in infection control
Thanks to recent education and marketing campaigns pushing the use of soap and hand sanitizer to prevent the spread of communicable and seasonal illnesses such as flu, the general public is becoming more aware of proper handwashing techniques. Much of the public also knows that hand sanitizer should be used when soap and water are unavailable. While most households and workplaces have a steady supply of soap, the integration of hand sanitizer into the consumer mindset and market is a relatively new adjustment.
However, thanks to a push from manufacturers and public health organizations such as the CDC, many now carry hand sanitizer at the ready, to be used as an alternative to soap and water. Sanitizers are very effective at killing germs, particularly when at least 60 percent alcohol-based. Use enough product to wet hands completely, and rub hands together to completely cover the surface. It should take at least 15 seconds to dry.