3M ESPE moisturizing hand antiseptic tackles tough bacteria

Feb. 29, 2008
Moisturizing solution provides effective bacterial kill, helps prevent skin breakdown.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota--For dental professionals who are tired of the harsh effects of traditional hand antiseptics, 3M ESPE Avagard D Instant Hand Antiseptic with Moisturizers is available through most 3M certified distributors.

This hand antiseptic contains 61 percent (w/w) ethyl alcohol in a moisturizing base and provides fast, effective bacterial kill without being hard on skin. Avagard D instant hand antiseptic with moisturizers meets the CDC Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.

It has been proven effective against viruses associated with the common cold and flu, as well as antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus and vanocomycin-resistant enterococci when tested in vitroi.

Featuring 3M-patented crystalline emollient technology used in high quality cosmetic moisturizing lotions, Avagard D instant hand antiseptic feels rich and smooth on hands and enables greater retention of skin moisture without leaving hands sticky or impacting glove performance.

With multiple daily uses, Avagard D instant hand antiseptic has been proven to enhance skin moisture and reduce skin irritation, resulting in better skin condition versus the use of a traditional hand antiseptic.

"Prevention and infection control are important to 3M ESPE, and we are happy to make this practical solution available to dental professionals so they can add to their preventive hand hygiene routines without having to sacrifice comfort or convenience," said Eric Amann, global category manager, 3M ESPE OMNI Preventive Care. "Avagard D instant hand antiseptic with moisturizers is an exciting addition to the 3M ESPE range of preventive and infection control products and provides the best of both worlds--it's tough on bacteria but easy on skin."

Avagard D instant hand antiseptic is quick and easy to use. Simply apply the moisturizing antiseptic to clean hands, wetting thoroughly with the product, and allow hands to dry. It comes in a convenient 500 mL pump bottle, is compatible with chlorhexidine gluconate, and both latex and non-latex gloves.

For more information about Avagard D instant hand antiseptic, visit 3M ESPE or call (800) 216-9502.

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