ASHI and MEDIC First Aid Blog

April 22, 2020

When to Use Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer flew off the shelves as the COVID-19 pandemic began. Much like toilet paper, it’s a coveted product that can be hard to find in stores. So, we’re happy to announce that we now have one-gallon bottles of hand sanitizer available in the online store (For ASHI or MEDIC First Aid customers, shop online here: ASHI | MEDIC First Aid)

But how effective is hand sanitizer? And is it a good alternative to washing your hands?

Here’s what you need to know about using hand sanitizer.

Hand sanitizer 101

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on your hands in some situations, but it doesn’t eliminate all types of germs.

Because of this, washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is a more effective means for removing germs.

But if you don’t have access to soap and running water, you should use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. And then wash your hands as soon as possible.

How to use hand sanitizer

One of the reasons hand sanitizer isn’t as effective is because people may not use a large enough volume of it or may wipe the hand sanitizer off before it has dried.

When using hand sanitizer, you should:

  1. Check the label to learn the correct amount to use.

  2. Apply the hand sanitizer to the palm of one hand and then rub it over all surfaces of both hands.

  3. Allow your hands to dry completely.

Creating a safe training environment

We recommend encouraging your Instructors and students to use appropriate self-management efforts to reduce the chance of exposure during training. This includes:

  • Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds. Or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water aren’t available.

  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth.

  • Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue. Then throw the tissue in the trash.

clean 4_webAdditionally, Instructors should thoroughly clean and disinfect training equipment and classroom surfaces after every training class using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.

To clean and disinfect your manikins, we recommend:

  1. Following the manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting equipment.

  2. Disassemble each manikin and discard all used lung bags.

  3. Thoroughly wash all external surfaces with warm, soapy water and a brush.

  4. Scrub and wipe down all surfaces with manikin cleaning wipes or standard household disinfecting wipes. Or create your own disinfectant by using ¼ cup liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of water.

  5. Leave wiped surfaces wet with the solution for 10 minutes.

  6. Rinse all surfaces with fresh water and immediately dry all external and internal surfaces.

  7. Allow your manikins to air-dry before storing them.

Always check your manikin manufacturer’s recommendations and confirm all products you’re using to clean and disinfect are compatible with your manikin.

To order your 1 gallon bottle of hand sanitizer, click a link below:

For ASHI or MEDIC First Aid customers, shop online: ASHI | MEDIC First Aid

For EMS Safety or New customers CLICK HERE




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