Hand Hygiene Products and Their Effect on Skin Condition at High Compliance: The Need for Better Product Formulations
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Changes to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid payment policies has resulted in an intensified focus on reducing healthcare-associated infections, including increasing hand hygiene compliance. Hand hygiene is the most important measure for preventing transmission of pathogens, but as compliance increases, skin health can decrease. Soap is usually the culprit, and changing practice to primarily use hand sanitizer can help significantly, but only up to a point. Current formulations may not adequately address skin health needs that arise in very high compliance environments. There is a need to develop products that adequately address skin health needs in these situations.