More on hand sanitizer safety

By: February 24th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

Our recent post about alcohol-based hand sanitizer generated quite a bit of interest, and also raised a few questions about patients that try to (and even succeed in) orally consuming hand sanitizers from dispensers in  patient rooms.

That being said, you might be interested in a recent post on Mac’s Safety Space, which addresses this issue. The post also links to CMS requirements for healthcare facilities to guard against patients consuming hand sanitizer.

And if you haven’t already, check out that Hand Hygiene Data Collection Worksheet in the Tools section.


By Cliff Stepp on August 3rd, 2009 at 3:32 pm

I found a product called BoccaPura Toothbrush & Hand Purifier. It’s 100% organic and natural and contains NO alcohol. Independent lab tests show it’s 99.9% effective against the top five germs.
It’s safe for children and leaves no residue, just a pleasant peppermint scent.

I am a nurse and we have increased our useage of hand sanitizer. I lost count after 30 squirts I work 12 hours and that was in less than 6 hours. I also washed my hands several times to rinse the sanitizer off. Can there be affects on liver? The staff has been complaining more of headaches nausea.


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