Integrating noro-effective hand sanitizer with handwashing routines
A cleaning step followed by sanitizing has long been the most effective way to control surface cleanliness. This one-two punch should also be considered for hand hygiene, especially during high flu and norovirus periods.
By choosing the products separately, a combination to best match your situation can be assembled.
- Select the soap for frequent use, kindness to hands but effective at soil removal.
- Hand drying must be by single use paper towels as this adds helpful friction and is actually the final step in the cleaning process. A highly absorbent choice of paper with a pattern for added friction is a good combination. Check out Kleenex with 40% recycle.
- If norovirus is among your priority pathogens, chose Purell VF 481 as it is the documented best, proven with human norovirus.
- Position the sanitizer in those distant service areas where staff can conveniently use this intervention between washes.
- Use the hand sanitizer as the final cleanse of the day as it has emollient properties.
Consider the SaniTwice® protocol for added protection.