Health Care

What are Waterless Alcohol Hand Sanitizers?   

jauhar khan
@jauhar123 | Posted 29 Jul. 2019

Most alcohol hand sanitizers include isopropanol, n-propanol, ethanol, or a combination of these ingredients. Alcohol has an extraordinary initial antimicrobial log reduction activity because of its capacity to denature proteins. Most of them has formulations that provide excellent initial log loss of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, fungi and multi-drug resistant pathogens such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE).

However, alcohol does not have the residual capacity to inhibit microorganisms over the entire patient day. So it would be essential that healthcare practitioners use a waterless alcohol hand sanitizer before and after each patient treatment episode during patient as the whole handling day to fully use alcohol's great initial log reduction activity. 

The effectiveness of waterless alcohol hand sanitizers will improve hand hygiene programs. This conclusion is due to their comfort and convenience of using in conjunction with plain or antimicrobial soaps and water, thereby improving hand hygiene compliance levels. Also, alcohol hand sanitizers normally have excellent initial log reduction of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, fungi and multi-drug resistant pathogens.

When selecting an alcohol hand sanitizer for your convenience, consider that foams can be more valuable than gels or liquids. There are hand sanitizer dispenser benefits to a thick gel formulation over a transparent liquid.