Hand Sanitizer vs Soap

soapy hands

The first step toward health is banishing germs! That's why our staff takes hand washing pretty seriously here at Swedes. But did you know that you play a role in keeping our hospital safe?

Patients and visitors are at risk of catching germs, even as they are in the hospital being treated for something else. That's why hand hygiene is so important within the hospital walls!

You might have noticed that doctors and medical staff have taken to using hand sanitizer between patients. That's not because it's faster than soap and water–it's because sanitizer is actually better! Alcohol-based sanitizer is more effective than soap and water, and does not create antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

We recommend sanitizer after touching things in a hospital such as the remote control, door knobs or bedrails. It should be used after coughing or changing bandages.

Sanitizer should be rubbed well into all parts of your hands. Keep rubbing until it has dried, which should take about 20 seconds.

There's still a place for soap and water, of course! Use that after going to the bathroom or before eating. 

You'll enjoy your visit to Swedes even more with those easy steps, knowing that you've done your part to keep yourself–and others–healthy!