Navigating the New Soap Landscape in Healthcare: FDA Final Rule, Science of Soap & Best Practices for Skin Health

Hand hygiene is universally accepted as a basic tenet of safe patient care and during a 12-hour shift, a nurse may wash their hands with soap and water more than a dozen times. In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave consumer soap manufacturers one year to remove some common antimicrobial agents from products used in non-healthcare settings. Since that time, the FDA has been reviewing the safety and efficacy of antiseptic products used in healthcare settings.

On December 20, 2017, the FDA announced its final rule on the most common active ingredients used in hand soap in healthcare settings. These changes will almost certainly create confusion and the Infection Preventionist (IP) will be looked to for education and guidance. This presentation will provide IPs with the knowledge and information they need to advise key decision makers and to support bedside nurses and other caregivers, the primary users of antimicrobial hand washing products. We will also discuss the important attributes of a hand hygiene product and best practices to keep skin healthy in high use settings.

  1. Explain the FDA Monograph and forthcoming changes.
  2. Review available antimicrobial ingredients and their future statuses.
  3. Define important attributes of a hand hygiene product, including efficacy, skin health, and aesthetics needed to drive hand hygiene compliance.
  4. Describe how the FDA and the healthcare facility will ensure safety from a nurse/healthcare worker and patient safety standpoint.

Lori Moore, MPH, BSN, RN, CPPS, CHES
Clinical Educator, GOJO Industries

Lori Moore joined GOJO Industries in 2013 as a Clinical Specialist. In this position, she provided leadership and support to healthcare organizations as they implemented electronic compliance monitoring to more accurately measure hand hygiene performance. She transitioned to the position of Clinical Educator in 2017. In addition to education development, Lori enjoys clinical writing and has presented posters and oral presentations at both local and national conferences. Lori has a well-rounded academic background which includes a Bachelor’s of Arts in Management from Malone College, a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Akron, and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Akron. She has a passion for patient safety and quality of care and continues to work as a bedside nurse in the medical intensive care unit at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

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.

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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