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    #16
    I am a chemotherapy nurse. Because my patients are immunocompromised, I am continually doing hand hygiene. When all we had was soap and water, my hands would get extremely dry and chapped. Every winter, I would develop severe dermatitis. When alcohol foam came on the scene, I expected it to make my skin issues even worse. In reality, it has been the best thing ever! The foam has a lotion base, so it moisturizes my hands every time I use it. No more cracked and bleeding skin -- hooray! And although I don't have problems using hand sanitizer gel, I prefer the skin feel of the foam. It's less sticky and seems to absorb better.

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      #17
      Originally posted by ktdid View Post
      Hate to tell you this, but the alcohol must be 97%. Just watched this on medical news on my local station, from the medical collage.
      chelea commented:
      Not true. Per CDC guidelines, 60% is adequate
      What the CDC guidelines say:
      If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
      ktdid You are right: the FINAL MIXTURE must have at least a 60% alcohol content. So you need a higher % to start with, as only 2/3 of the mix is alcohol. If you start with 60% alcohol and dilute it with 1/3 of cream, you are producing a lotion that has only 40% alcohol.

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        #18
        There are recipes for sanitizer on the web. One comment said it's still cheaper to buy the ready-made rather than make your own. Amazon still has small bottles of sanitizer, but the Purell brand is not available. Common sense & good hand washing technique for 20 seconds should prevail.

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