Ecolab dispenser aims to put hand-sanitizing goo within easy reach for hospital workers

Studies suggest that making sure doctors and nurses have easy access to hand-sanitizer solutions can improve hygiene in hospitals. St. Paul-based Ecolab introduced a new hand-sanitizer dispenser Tuesday that’s meant to make sure the goo is always within reach.

The FlexMount dispenser features an adjustable clamp that attaches to IV poles, bed rails, foot boards, carts and other equipment, according to the press release. The contraption can clamp onto any surface ranging from 3/4 inch to 1 1/2 inches in diameter.

“Use of hand sanitizers immediately prior to patient contact is an important factor for helping control bacteria on the skin,” company spokeswoman Dr. Angela Dillow said in the statement. “Hands can easily become recontaminated when doctors and nurses touch surfaces within the patient room and then touch the patient.”

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  1. Submitted by Jay Berkman on 11/27/2008 - 09:40 am.

    Respectfully suggest that many experts focused on researching the dangers inherent to alcohol-based hand sanitizers–are embracing alcohol-free alternatives that provide the exact same germ-killing efficacy, without the dangerous side-effects of alcohol-based products.

    Any HCW will acknowledge that alcohol-based hand sanitizers are notorious for destroying protective skin cells, causing dry/irritated skin, which in turn increases risk of exposure to bacteria and germs, have no efficacy when applied to dirty/soiled hands, and lose their effectiveness within seconds after applying.

    Yes, they kill germs and viruses; they also destroy industrial floor wax, paint, fabrics etc. Oh, they’re flammable too, explaining why many hospitals have recently been informed by local fire marshals that their alcohol-based dispenser devices are in violation of local fire and building code.

    On the other hand, many experts –and I’m happy to provide references, are embracing alcohol-free, rinse free, fragrance free foam based products–those that use benzalkonium chloride as the active ingredient (brands include Soapopular, Hy5, and others), acknowledged to be equally effective i.e. wide spectrum of pathogens, including MRSA, when compared to Purell or other alcohol-based products.

    The foam format alcohol-free alternatives are safer to the skin, safer for kids and are non-flammable and non-toxic. They’re also 2x-3x more economical when compared to legacy alcohol gels.

    Health care venues, schools, government venues, senior care facilities, correctional facilities and corporate venues throughout the country have been systematically banning Purell and similar products, and contrary to popular belief, the US Centers for Disease Control does NOT recommend alcohol-based hand least that is what Kathleen Stewart, a senior spokesperson from CDC has repeatedly stated.

    We know all of this because our company has been approached unsolicited by more than 1000 venues across the country

    If you’d like, we’d be happy to send you samples, as well as supporting documentation i.e. independent lab tests, third party studies, and references.

    A good blog on the topic is :

    Jay Berkman
    Mata Global Solutions,Inc.
    d/b/a MGS Brands
    d/b/a MGS Soapopular
    2490 Black Rock Turnpike
    Fairfield, Connecticut 06825
    Tel: 203.255.0034
    US Distributor of Soapopular: The Consumer Market’s Most Popular Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer
    Global License: Hy5
    GREAT Blog:

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