Soap vs. Alcohol

Angie Szumlinski Health

Hand hygiene is the primary means of preventing transmission of infections, but confusion exists about the when soap and water is preferred over alcohol hand rubs.  While alcohol-based hand rubs are an effective means of decreasing the transmission of bacterial pathogens, alcohol is not effective against Clostridium difficile (C. diff) spores. To address this confusion, we have created a one-page resource detailing when soap or alcohol can be used and when soap only is the preferred hand hygiene method.  The single-page flyer is a user-friendly tool for staff and families to help reduce the spread of infections.

You can download the flyer here.