Hand hygiene in an old-age home
Have you ever happened to notice that the elderly in your household including your aging mother or father is getting more colds than they used to previously? It is highly contributed by the lowering immune system in the elderly. It is proven that even vaccines become less effective and the healing process for their illnesses takes longer than usual. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that every adult should get a flu shot every year. But still, there are no vaccines for the common cold.
Hence the old age home and even the family members who are the primary caregivers of the elderly must implement a strict hand hygiene routine to ward off infections that cause cold and other diseases.
Colds can lead to serious complications in elders
As adults and primary caregivers, the effects of the common cold in an elderly person must not be overlooked. A simple common cold or influenza can lead to severe complications like pneumonia and heart conditions. This occurs as the immune system weakens with age. Centers for Disease Control reports that adults over 65 years and people with chronic conditions such as diabetes are at higher risk of complications caused due to flu as their immune systems are weak.
One of the major reasons for the common cold in seniors is infections contracted through contaminated hands. Only a strong hand hygiene routine in an old age home and at home can help prevent the common colds caused by the lack of hand hygiene.
When and Why should you sanitize your hands?
Though not all germs cause diseases, 4 out of 5 germs in our hands cause infections. According to the CDC, 80% of infectious diseases are contracted through contaminated hands.
It is important to use handsanitization for the following activities
– Before handling food.
– After emptying trash.
– After using the toilet.
– After dressing up a wound.
– After caring for a sick person.
– After touching pets or their waste.
After coughing or sneezing into hands.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, hand hygiene is a proven way to decrease the spread of germs.
Using Smartsan Hand Sanitizer
Hand sanitizers with more than 60% alcohol content are equipped to kill 99% of germs. Smartsan Hand sanitizers can be effectively used to kill the disease-causing germs in their hands and contribute towards their healthy living
Efficient ways of using a hand sanitizer
– Take a coin-sized sanitizer in the palm
– Rub all the hands and the fingers for 20 – 30 sec.
– Cover even the fingertips and between the fingers
– Rub hands until dry
For elderly who have difficulty moving can utilize hand sanitizers without having to go on frequent trips to the washroom. Hence placing a bottle by their bedside is an excellent solution towards better hand hygiene.
Unclean surfaces can transmit germs to your hands upon touch. Hence it is the duty of the primary caregivers and the old age home, servicing staff to ensure that all the most touched areas including phones, doorknobs, bed rails, remotes, drinking water purifiers are all completely disinfected with Smartsan Surface Sanitizer spray or wipes.
Smartsan Hand Sanitizer
Smartsan Hand sanitizers use IPA based formulation. We manufacture hand sanitizers in various forms including gel form, sprays, wipes, pouch with 50 sachets, single sachets, card sprays, and hand rubs. So, it is convenient as it is easy to use and easy to carry around and use.
The 1.5 ml sachets are extremely useful to carry around for one-time usage. It is a great option while on trips. So it can also be while traveling in airlines, railways, etc. The wipes also come in 150×150 mm non-woven fabric is conveniently folded and machine sprayed for even wetness. It effectively wipes out germs from your hands leaving it soft and clean! Thus, with the help of effective hand sanitizers, you can keep infections at bay.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much hand sanitizer is required?
Use a very little amount of hand sanitizer. This is enough to cover your hands including fingertips and between your fingers. So too much hand sanitizer is not going to kill more viruses. Hence it is advisable to use sparingly and save up on your bottle.
Do I have to wait for a hand sanitizer to work?
Hand sanitizer works instantly. Wait till your hands are dry. So, it only takes 15-20 seconds to have a clean and germ-free hand.
Will surface sanitizer leave a stain on the surface?
The Smartsan Surface Sanitizer does not leave a stain. It protects the surface and kills the germs efficiently