At a time when infection prevention is top of mind for everyone, businesses are looking for strategies to keep employees and customers safe. Sanitizing the nose is a cost-effective and clinically proven strategy used to help reduce risk of infection. It is also a CDC-recommended infection prevention practice in hospitals.
Addresses an overlooked infection source: the nose
Frequent hand to nose touching contributes to the spread of germs. Sanitizing the nose interrupts germ transmission, reducing risk of infections
Helps protect workers their families
Builds trust in the workplace
|Alcohol-based nasal antiseptic*||Povidone iodine nasal antiseptic||Mupirocin antibiotic|
|Topical solution||Clear/orange liquid||Brown thick liquid||Cream/ointment|
|Kills germs on contact|
|Available to consumers without a prescription|
|Kills broad spectrum of germs|
|Formulated for daily use|
|Does not stain the skin|
|Convenient to apply|
|Product||Nozin® Nasal Sanitizer®||Various brands, including 3M®||Various brands, including Bactroban®|
Dr. Michael J. Manyak, MD, Chief Medical Advisor for Crisis Response and Sanitize Your Nose Advisory Board Member
While everyone can benefit from the added layer of protection that sanitizing the nose provides, employees in high-contact industries should be especially vigilant.
As CDC actively promotes the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer, sanitizing the nose using an alcohol-based product is a well-established practice for reducing pathogen transmission and infection risk. Read our advisors’ letter to the CDC asking them to recommend sanitizing the nose to the public.
Sanitizing the nose, using a product proven to kill germs in the nose, is critical to source control and is a missing piece of infection prevention. Download our fact sheet and share with your employees.
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