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.
- Explain the FDA Monograph and forthcoming changes.
- Review available antimicrobial ingredients and their future statuses.
- Define important attributes of a hand hygiene product, including efficacy, skin health, and aesthetics needed to drive hand hygiene compliance.
- 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.