The Changing Landscape for Soap in the Healthcare Environment
An informative webinar around the upcoming changes to the Food and Drug Administration Tentative Final Monograph for Health-Care Antiseptic Drug Products.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers and soap products are critical to hand hygiene programs. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been reviewing the safety and efficacy of active ingredients used in these antiseptic products in healthcare settings and is expected to make a final decision around future availability of the active ingredient Triclosan, the most commonly used active ingredient used in soap in healthcare today. For those using Triclosan-based soap, it is important to be aware of the upcoming changes and know what alternative options exist. Forthcoming regulatory changes will likely generate questions and confusion and Infection Preventionists (IPs) will be looked to for education and guidance. This presentation will provide IPs with the knowledge and information they need to advise key product decision makers and to support front-line healthcare workers when the FDA makes their announcement in January.
After participating in this webinar, the participant will be able to:
- Explain the FDA Monograph and forthcoming changes
- Review available antimicrobial ingredients and their future statuses
- Define important attributes of a hand soap, including efficacy, skin health, and aesthetics needed to drive hand hygiene compliance
Megan DiGiorgio MSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC
Clinical Manager, GOJO Industries
Megan DiGiorgio has been working in infection prevention for 15 years. Megan received her bachelors of science and masters of science in nursing from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She has published in several peer-reviewed journals, has presented posters and oral abstracts at national conferences, and has held numerous offices in her local Northeast Ohio Association of Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) chapter, including president. She is a recipient of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology’s (SHEA) Gina Pugliese award in 2012 and was named a Fellow of APIC in 2016. She has worked for GOJO Industries since 2013. Her special interests include promoting healthcare worker skin health, clinical writing, and developing education for IPs and frontline healthcare workers.