I contend that there is far too much hand sanitizer in the dispensers at hospitals.
This is the amount of foamed hand sanitizer that was dispensed into my hand:
This is the amount that is still left after 15 seconds of scrubbing:
After 30 seconds, it was mostly gone, although my hands were still somewhat damp.
Honestly, I think it's way too much.
Just wave your hands in the air like you just don't care - and it will soon be gone.ReplyDelete
I hate the foam hand sanitizers for that reason. The one on our unit says to dispense a golf ball sized amount and then rub until your hands are dry. Can you imagine how long that would take?ReplyDelete
Hate, hate, hate that stuff. It dries my skin out and in winter is positively painful.ReplyDelete
The foam stuff always leaves a weird residue as compared to the gel... there's only one unit at our hospital that has the foam and I haaaaate when I have to go over there for that reason. (Also, why just that unit? The ortho unit isn't *that* special! XD )ReplyDelete
Apparently you get twice as much foam out of a bottle as gel, so using a bottle is supposed to last twice as long as the same size bottle of gel. That is, if an appropriate amount is dispensed! It's almost as if they dispense so much they want you to use it up super fast, just like the directions on a shampoo bottle, "lather, rinse, repeat" and you use twice as much.ReplyDelete
Some foam hand sanitizers don't use alcohol. I'm always reminded of the alcoholic on Intervention who keeps on ending up in the hospital due to his drinking. The next day, when he wasn't so critical and was coming down from being drunk, he wanted alcohol so much that he took a cup, poured it full of hand sanitizer and swished a straw in it to disperse the bubbles. He was left with chemical laden alcohol filled liquid at the bottom and he sucked it down, saying it tasted like flower flavored alcohol, a bit like perfume. I can understand not using alcohol in areas where addicts are around. Is benzalkonium chloride as effective as alcohol in hand sanitizer, because that's what is in the alcohol-free stuff.
The alcohol foam pumps where I work dispense just enough, sometimes not quite enough, for my hands. So the problem is likely not that the aliquot of alcohol is too large, but that your hands are too small.ReplyDelete
The gel ones tend to drip and leave residue under them that doesn't come off. That is why we had to switch to foam where I work. I hate it too.ReplyDelete
It is supposed to take 15-30 seconds of rubbing to dry. it is the friction and dwell time on the skin that kills the germs my dear. (eye roll...LOL)ReplyDelete