Given that hand washing is expensive, time-consuming and that it can often lead to dry and irritated skin, experts have devised new strategies to increase the level of compliance with hand hygiene indications for staff.
With the intention of making antisepsis of the hands easier, faster and more efficient and of involving less force and therefore creating less irritation, the new OMS guidelines allow for the use of hydroalcoholic based solutions or gels to replace the traditional chlorohexidine or iodine based soaps. Various studies have demonstrated that nursing staff who use alcoholic products for antisepsis of the hands and who are supplied with suitable emollients and moisturisers, have suffered less dry and irritated skin than others who have used just soap and water. It should be noted that gels have proven to be the most practical application as they spread more evenly over the hands. This is particularly true for the latest generation of thixotropic gels that allow for even very short contact times (e.g.: they can meet EN 14791 requirements in 1 min and 30 seconds instead of in 3 min in total), this further improving compliance and cost benefits.
Questo è soprattutto vero per i gel di ultima generazione, di tipo tissotropico, che riescono quindi ad avere tempi di contatto più brevi (ad es: possono soddisfare la norma EN 14791 in 1 min e 30 totale anziché 3 min totali), migliorando ulteriormente compliance e costi di utilizzo per la struttura.