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Five Touchless Products for Infection Control

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Preventing the spread of infectious diseases is the main goal of infection control in the medical office. As we all know, proper hand washing is the most effective way of preventing the spread of infections, however, hand washing alone cannot do the job. Patients and staff can help by:
  • Staying up-to-date on immunizations including the flu shot
  • Using proper hygiene when coughing and sneezing
  • Following proper guidelines when handling blood and other bodily fluids
  • Wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when appropriate

The most important step the medical office can take to prevent the spread of infectious diseases is by adding touchless, or hands-free products that promote patient safety and ensure the protection of patients and staff.

1. Hand Sanitizer Dispensers

Touchless hand sanitizer dispensers allow users to put their hands under the dispenser and then delivers a pre-measured application of hand sanitizer by using technology that detects the users hands. Most touchless hand sanitizer dispensers can be placed on countertops, mounted on the wall, or used with a portable floor stand.

Advantages
Kills germs
Reduces cross-contamination
Meets FDA requirements
Easy setup
Ideal for high traffic areas
Price range as low as $35

Disadvantages
Components purchased separately
Price range up to $165 per unit
Refills can go quickly
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2. Soap Dispensers

Touchless soap dispensers operate in a similar way to the hand sanitizers. Touchless soap dispensers allow users to put their hands under the dispenser and then delivers a pre-measured application of hand soap by using technology that detects the users hands. They can be placed anywhere a sink is being used including the bathroom, break room, or exam room.

Advantages
Reduces cross-contamination
Easy to install, maintain and set-up
Clutter-free
Price range as low as $50

Disadvantages
Price range up to $120 per unit
Refills can go quickly
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3. Faucets

Together with touchless soap dispensers, touchless faucets provide a convenient way for users to wash their hands. It is especially good for use by the medical office staff in order to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Patients and staff benefit from touchless soap dispensers and faucets in the bathroom allows users to wash their hands in confidence that there is no opportunity for contamination.

Advantages
Reduces cross-contamination
Reduces the ability of germs, bacteria or dirt to build up
Price range as low as $65
Customizable to suit specific needs
Long lasting life with proper maintenance

Disadvantages
Some parts must be purchased separately
Price range up to $700 per unit plus installation costs
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4. Automatic Towel Dispensers

The touchless automatic towel dispensers offers less risk of transferring germs that may be residing on hard surfaces. When used with high absorbency towels, users receive maximum hygiene due to drying effectiveness. Automatic towel dispensers can be placed anywhere a sink is being used including the bathroom, break room, or exam room. Towel choices include the cheaper folded towels, pull and tear-off rolls, or pre-measured sheet tear-offs.

Advantages
Reduces cross-contamination
Easy to install, maintain and setup
Price range as low as $12
Adjustable settings

Disadvantages
Price range up to $160 per unit
Possibility for bathroom litter (as opposed to hand dryers)
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5. Trash Cans

The lid of touchless trash cans automatically open when hands are detected. Although the medical office mostly disposes of paper products, touchless trash cans can be used in bathrooms, break rooms, and exam rooms. Touchless trash cans are also pre-set to determine how long it stays open.

Advantages
Reduces cross-contamination
Ideal for high traffic areas
Price range as low as $25
Sizes range from 2 to 14 gallons
Can also be used for recycling

Disadvantages
None
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