Nursing & Healthcare News
FDA Squelches Hand Sanitizer Claims
A warning to Purell
Although the CDC still recommends alcohol-based hand sanitizer for clinical hand hygiene, the FDA recently cautioned a leading manufacturer against making unsupported claims about their products’ ability to prevent infection.
For nurses, hand sanitizer is as much a part of the daily routine as alarm clocks and coffee. You might have been startled, therefore, by recent news stories implying that hand sanitizer doesn’t protect against illnesses like influenza and norovirus.
If you were concerned, you can breathe easier: Although the FDA did pull certain hand sanitizer ingredients off the market last year, the CDC’s recommendations on the clinical use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers haven’t changed.