Anne Guignon, RDH, MPH, CSP - February 7, 2022
Hand Hygiene - Easier, Faster, and Better
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers became an integral part of clinical life decades ago.1 While most hand sanitizers on the market are alcohol-based, many assume that the ingredients or formulations are the same, but that is simply not the case.
The Center for Disease control recommends those in health care settings use alcohol-based hand sanitizers formulated with a minimum concentration of at least 60% alcohol.2 The most common hand sanitizer on the market contains 70% ethyl alcohol,3 and there are a number of readily available products that fall well below this level of protection. Most of these products leave a sticky residue.
ZaPro Hand Sanitizer is different. It is a thick gel that contains 94% ethyl alcohol with a unique polymer that makes it easy to spread across the skin surface and leaves the skin feeling silky smooth.4 This novel formulation is perfect for the clinical setting where hand sanitizer is used multiple times throughout the clinical day.
According to the CDC, users should dispense dollop of hand sanitizer that is about the size of a quarter into the palm of their hands. Rub the gel over the entire hand until the hands are dry. As soon as the gel has dried, clinicians can immediately slip on their exam or surgical gloves. ZaPro’s formulation has been shown to have excellent antimicrobial properties against bacteria, fungi, and viruses.5 As a result, ZaPro hand sanitizer makes our jobs easier while providing optimal sanitizing results.
- Anne Guignon, RDH, MPH, CSP
1. MMMR Recommendations and reports. Guideline for hand hygiene in health-care settings: Recommendations of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee and the HICPAC/SHEA/APIC/IDSA Hand Hygiene Task Force. Published October 25, 2002. 51(RR16);1-44. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5116a1.htm#top. Accessed December 15, 2021.
2. Show me the science – When & how to use hand sanitizer in community settings. Page last reviewed: September 10, 2020. Https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/show-me-the-science-hand-sanitizer.html. Accessed December 15, 2021.
3. Label: Purell advanced hand sanitizer nourishing- alcohol gel https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=187dd230-6fc0-4d41-afb5-03694389d569. Accessed December15, 2021.
4. Label: ZAPRO HAND SANITIZER- hand sanitizer gel. https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=b75ad59f-a0f2-f861-e053-2995a90af4e4. Accessed December 15, 2021.
5. Data on file.