Safety and Compliance: Key Drivers in Choosing Healthcare Skin Care Products

By SC Johnson Professional Healthcare

Fast-paced and demanding, the healthcare industry relies on numerous safety and compliance protocols to help provide everyone with a safe experience. One major component in healthcare safety is hand hygiene. To help employees follow hand hygiene protocol, it’s critical to have accessible, effective products that meet the safety and compliance requirements of the facility.  

When choosing skin care and hand hygiene products, infection preventionists have numerous options. There is a great opportunity to vet out products to ensure they align with the facility’s regulations. SC Johnson Professional focuses on user-driven research and development (R&D) to produce highly effective products that are specifically formulated to promote safety and compliance in healthcare environments. Aligned with the goal to protect the patient, caregiver and healthcare setting, the SC Johnson Professional R&D team works to provide a portfolio of product options to continuously support healthcare facilities with their evolving journey and safety goals.  

Look for Products with Key Compliance Features

When choosing skin-care products, it is critical to select professional-grade products developed to meet the unique needs of healthcare professionals. Factors to look for in healthcare-specific skin products can include clinically proven formulas, efficacy, glove compatibility, products that are skin hypoallergenic and Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) compatibility. SC Johnson Professional products designed specifically to meet the needs of healthcare safety standards include sanitizers, handwashes and lotions. Options include:

  • Hand Sanitizer Option: Alcare® Extra Hand Sanitizer, an instant foaming alcohol sanitizer, is clinically proven in accordance with FDA clinical methods for healthcare personnel handwash. Its excellent foam quality rapidly and easily rubs across hands, providing the user with good control of the product to help prevent dripping and splashing. The rich foam is pleasant for frequent use in between hand washing, which helps encourage compliance. It is skin hypoallergenic, perfume and dye-free. It is also CHG compatible and has proven glove compatibility that is suitable for use with latex, vinyl and nitrile gloves.
  • Handwash Option: Kindest Kare® Advanced Handwash is an antimicrobial foaming soap that is clinically proven to kill up to 99.9999% of many common organisms. Designed for frequent use in healthcare settings, the mild, non-drying formula was independently tested and proven to maintain skin moisture to help keep skin in good condition, even after frequent use. It is also skin hypoallergenic, perfume and dye-free.
  • Skin Conditioning Cream Option: Stokolan® Light PURE is a light texture skin conditioning cream. Its non-greasy formula is designed for normal to dry skin to absorb and leave no greasy after-feel. This helps encourage regular use to maintain a healthy skin condition. It contains glycerin, shea butter and allantoin to moisturize and condition the skin. Hand sanitizer-compatible, it is also skin hypoallergenic, perfume and dye-free. In addition, it is CHG compatible and has proven glove compatibility for use with latex, vinyl and nitrile gloves.

There are many effective professional skin care products available that can assist healthcare facilities with their compliance goals. Researching a product’s formula features can help infection preventionists make an informed choice. 

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