The 2002 CDC Guidelines for Hand Hygiene in Health-Care Settings cite that the use of alcohol-based hand rubs containing various emollients were better tolerated by healthcare workers than washing hands with non antimicrobial soaps
or antimicrobial soaps
These products are a billion dollar industry and can be found in antimicrobial soaps
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either plain soap and water or an antimicrobial soap
and water or, if the hands are not visibly soiled, an alcohol-based hand rub is acceptable (Tables I and II).
Alternatively, wash hands with an antimicrobial soap
and water in all clinical situations.
Traditional prolonged, vigorous hand scrubbing before surgery may be replaced by a 1-minute wash with antimicrobial soap
and water followed by application of an alcohol-based rub, he added.
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She also swabbed the nail surfaces and collected subungual debris before and after use of an antimicrobial soap
or alcohol-based gel, culturing the material for gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria and yeasts on two separate occasions.
Following handwashing with an antimicrobial soap
or a waterless alcohol-based gel, nurses with artificial nails continued to be much more likely to have harmful bacteria and yeasts on their nails: 68 percent of nurses wearing artificial nails had harmful bacteria, compared with only 26 percent of nurses without artificial nails.
These guidelines state: surgical hand antisepsis using either an antimicrobial soap
or an alcohol-based hand rub with persistent activity is recommended before donning sterile gloves when performing surgical procedures and that surgical hand antisepsis should maintain the bacterial populations below baseline levels until the end of procedure.
The guidelines recommended hand washing with non-antimicrobial soap
between the majority of patient contacts and washing with antimicrobial soap
before and after performing invasive procedures or caring for patients at high risk.
The numbers of organisms spread from the hands of nurses who washed frequently with an antimicrobial soap
actually increased after a period of time; this increase is associated with declining skin health (67).
This phenomenon has long been known in the medical field, where mandatory handwashes using an antimicrobial soap
are required prior to gloving.
Hand washing with plain or antimicrobial soap
and water to remove visible dirt, organic material, dead skin, and most transient organisms