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.

What's the big deal about hand hygiene?

As the inventor of PURELL®, GOJO has a long-standing history focused on developing solutions that help to:

  • Increase hand hygiene compliance
  • Reduce infections
  • Improve patient outcomes

By partnering with a number of hospital systems across the world we have merged our science with clinically-based best practices to improve hand hygiene and the skin of healthcare workers.

Promoting Patient and Visitor Hand Hygiene: A Win-Win Initiative

Events, such as the H1N1 pandemic, trends in patient safety initiatives and a focus by hospitals on improving the patient experience have expanded the need and focus for hand hygiene awareness to patients and visitors in healthcare settings.

This webinar will provide detailed information on why patient and visitor hand hygiene deserves your attention and what you can do to create a culture where proper hand hygiene is a standard practice by all audiences in your facility.

Hand Hygiene Symposium Presentations

It’s Time to Move On: Why We Need to Stop Relying on Direct Observation and Embrace Automated Hand Hygiene Monitoring as the New Gold Standard

Eligible for 2.0 contact hours of continuing education
Presented at the Hand Hygiene Symposium sponsored by GOJO at APIC June 14, 2017 with presenters Colin Furness, MISt, PhD, MPH, Assistant professor of knowledge management and information management at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information and Emily Landon, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago.

View symposium videos at APIC Industry Perspectives

Safe Patient Care Starts with Healthy Hands: How to Maintain Healthy Skin While Increasing Hand Hygiene Compliance

Eligible for 2.0 contact hours of continuing education
Presented at the Hand Hygiene Symposium sponsored by GOJO at APIC June 11, 2016 with presenters John Boyce, MD, J.M. Boyce Consulting, LLC, Matthew Zirwas, MD, Director, Ohio Contact Dermatitis Center, Member, North American Contact Dermatitis Group and Srini Venkatesh, PhD, Chief Science Officer, GOJO Industries.

View symposium videos at the AJIC website

Better Ways to Measure Hand Hygiene Compliance and Successfully Engage your Staff: Lessons from the Field

Eligible for 2.0 contact hours of continuing education
Presented at the Hand Hygiene Symposium sponsored by GOJO at APIC June 27, 2015 with presenters Emily Landon, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, specializing in infectious diseases and global health, University of Chicago and Michael Gardam, MSc, MD, CM, MSc, FRPC, Director of Infection Prevention and Control, University Health Network; and Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto.
View symposium videos at the AJIC website