WINNIPEG, Dec. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - IPAC-Canada has issued a statement in
response to public concern over the emergence of antibiotic resistant
bacteria creating a perceived need for hand soaps that incorporate
"There is no evidence to suggest that these agents reduce infections in
the home," said IPAC-Canada President Bruce Gamage. "Antibacterial
agents alter the mix of naturally occurring bacteria killing
susceptible organisms and potentially leaving the organisms resistant
to that agent to survive and multiply.
"Furthermore, the incorporation of low levels of antimicrobial agents,
which do not kill the bacteria, may further promote the development of
resistance. Apart from concerns of environmental contamination from
these agents, most of these products are expensive and play on the
public's fears of contracting an infection caused by antibiotic
IPAC-Canada, formerly CHICA-Canada, also iterated that, in fact, the
most common household illnesses are viral in nature, for which
antibacterial agents are ineffective. The public's focus should
continue to be on frequent hand cleaning with plain soap, safe food
preparation, good personal hygiene, and basic home cleanliness.
Antibacterial soap should not be confused with alcohol-based hand rubs
which contain ethyl alcohol, which are effective in killing most germs,
including bacteria and viruses, on the surfaces of hands. Alcohol-based
hand rubs do not contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment
and do not promote the development of resistance. These products can be
used as an effective alternative to hand washing with plain soap and
water as long as hands are not visibly soiled.
Within the healthcare setting, for the most part, plain soap is used for
hand cleaning. Antibacterial soap may be considered for use in critical
care areas such as intensive care and burn units where patients are
highly susceptible to infection. Antibacterial soap is not required and
not recommended in other care areas.
IPAC-Canada, formerly CHICA-Canada, is a national, multi-disciplinary,
voluntary association of Infection Prevention and Control Professionals
(ICPs) with 22 chapters across the country dedicated to the health of
Canadians by promoting excellence in the practice of infection
prevention and control. Visit IPAC-Canada's website (www.chica.org) for infection prevention and control information.
SOURCE: Infection Prevention and Control Canada
For further information:
Gerry Hansen, Executive Director, IPAC-Canada
Tel: 1-204-897-5990/1-866-999-7111 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org