The average duration of hand cleaning by healthcare workers has been observed to be less than 15 seconds in most studies.
American Journal of Nursing
In addition to washing their hands for very short time periods. HCWs often failed to cover all surfaces of their hands and fingers.
Hand washing with plain soap and water for 30 seconds verses 15 seconds reduces bacterial counts on the skin by up to 300%.
Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control 2nd ed.
easily attaches to an existing water faucet. When the water is turned on, it counts down 30 seconds on an LED timer. This allows for proper lathering, scrubbing and rinsing, meeting the minimum 20 seconds as suggested by the CDC. When 30 seconds has elapsed, the SaniTimer™ emits a beep sound to signal the completion of the wash cycle.
Washing with soap and water is the preferred means when hands are visibly dirty, soiled with blood or other bodily uids, after using the toilet or after exposure to potential spore-forming pathogens is strongly suspected....
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
The increasing morbidity and mortality of C. dicile-associated disease in the USA, Canada and European countries since 2001 is attributed to a new, more virulent strain (ribotype 001, 027, and 106). Mechanical friction while washing with soap and water may help physically remove spores from the surface of contaminated hands.
New England Journal of Medicine
In a recent experimental study, ethyl alcohol-based products showed reductions for a non-enveloped human virus; however, activity was not superior to non-antimicrobial tap/faucet water controls.
American Journal of Infection Control
Alcohols are not good cleansing agents and their use is not recommended when hands are dirty or visibly contaminated with proteinaceous material (e.g. blood) are present, however, ethanol may reduce viable bacterial counts on hands, but do not obviate the need for hand washing.
Journal of Emergency Medicine
Cut down on harmful bacteria and the spread of infection, with basic hand hygiene done right every time.