Are hand sanitizers as safe as we think?Created by:
As health care professionals who are frequently exposed to microbes in the clinical setting, hand sanitizers are among our best friends at work. Many of us even use hand sanitizers almost every hour, especially due to contact with various patients. The FDA, however, has started questioning the safety of these products (see link below). As we know, absorption can occur through the skin to a certain degree, and the active antibacterial ingredients for hand sanitizers, such as ethyl alcohol, triclosan, and benzalkonium chloride may cause potential harm. This is also especially a concern for pregnant women and children. What do you think about this issue, and what is your opinion regarding the use of hand sanitizers?