Because of the changing regulatory landscape, it is important for key decision makers to be armed with as much knowledge around soap as possible. Some soap active ingredients that are known and used today have uncertain futures and may not be available long-term. Although ABHR should remain the primary method for performing hand hygiene, soap continues be an important piece of the hand hygiene regimen. Careful consideration should be given when selecting soap due to its potential for adverse skin effects if not properly formulated. Evaluating soap and ABHR in terms of efficacy, skin health, aesthetics/skin feel, and regulatory stability can be helpful. As always, allowing HCWs the opportunity to trial products and provide input is a critical aspect of product acceptance. While selecting the right soap may not be easy, being well-informed about the options and key selection factors can help make the process easier.
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