One of the most common places to see hand sanitizer dispensers are in hospitals and medical facilities. Doctors, nurses and patients alike benefit from its use. The need to fight germs and prevent illness from spreading is profound in areas like hospitals and medical facilities.
According to the Center for Disease Control, 80% of infections are spread by hand. This is because most people often touch areas of their body that can spread the infections such as their eyes, noses and mouths. Therefore the use of sanitizer can prevent illness from spreading. It should have 60% to 95% alcohol. The Center for Disease Control states that the alcohol deactivates the bacteria on hands and reduces viruses as well.
Sanitizing does not lead to resistance to antibiotics so it can be used frequently, although it should not replace regular washing of the hands. Hand sanitizer dispensers which were originally found in hospitals and medical facilities are being found more often in many other types of public places and institutions such as schools, offices, stores, restaurants and more.
It should not be used however, when hands come in contact with blood, fecal matter or dirt. It is best to thoroughly wash your hands should you come in contact with any of these. It is also best to use after washing your hands. Alcohol based sanitizer kills a range of bacteria, including (MRSA) methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, which is a flesh eating bacteria. Someone who uses sanitizer has a slower rate of bacteria redevelopment as well.
A lot of hospitals have guidelines for sanitizing, such as doctors and nurses being required to sanitize in between patients and to wash between every couple of uses of sanitizer. Also, whenever a hospital employee comes in contact with someone’s bodily fluids they are often required to wash and then sanitize as opposed to just sanitizing. People should use one dime sized drop and rub their hands together for roughly half of a minute for it to be effective. If you can’t continue scrubbing your hands together for half a minute, you likely did not use enough.