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“Wiping Out” MRSA

Health and Hygiene Pioneer Helps Schools, Children

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) continues to make headlines nationwide as one of the most concerning and deadly microorganisms of this decade. Recent MRSA-related deaths of school aged children and young adults have school health professionals nationwide working diligently to establish infection control protocols to prevent the spread of this potentially deadly microorganism.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, washing hands frequently is the first step in preventing the spread of MRSA. Sometimes soap and water are not readily available. In these circumstances, Nice-Pak Commercial, the global wet wipe leader, recommends Sani-Hands® II Instant Hand Sanitizing Wipes and Sani-Hands® for Kids Antimicrobial Alcohol Gel Hand Wipes.

These hand sanitizing wipe products are proven to kill 99.99% of germs on hands including MRSA and are appropriate for use to clean and sanitize hands prior to eating or after using a restroom when soap and water are not available. Sani-Hands® II and Sani-Hands® for Kids are a 65.9% ethyl alcohol-based hand sanitizing wipes which also contain emollients to moisturize the skin. These products are highly portable and easily accessed on cafeteria lines, in classrooms, locker rooms, on school trips and the nurse’s office. Furthermore, according to a study done by an independent laboratory, hand sanitizing wipes have been proven to be more effective than alcohol gels alone. Sani-Hands® II and Sani-Hands® for Kids are more effective than gels alone because of the friction provided by the wiping action. This is a key difference and one that rub-in gels alone cannot deliver. Wet wipes have also been shown to be preferred among consumers for hand sanitizers over gels alone.

MRSA infections typically occur through person-to-person contact (football, wrestling, as well as other activities), but they can also be acquired from surface-to-person contact. Public institutions should enforce good hand hygiene practices to ensure that children of all ages clean their hands before eating and after using the bathroom.

Nice-Pak Commercial can be of vital assistance with this respect as well. Sani-Cloth Plus, including multi-touch surfaces i.e. door knobs and handles, Germicidal Disposable Cloths are the choice of thousands of healthcare facilities for a pre-moistened hard surface disinfectant wipe. This product has also been proven to be effective against MRSA and many other pathogenic microorganisms. It is appropriate for use by any public institution that has a need to disinfect hard surfaces to prevent the cross contamination by germs that can cause illness. Sani-Cloth Plus is a quaternary ammonium chloride based disinfectant. This could be used on cafeteria tables, rest room surfaces, and in the classroom. A Bathroom Disinfectant Wipe is also available with comparable disinfectant properties.

All Nice-Pak Commercial products are available through distributors that sell cleaning and disinfecting products to professional/commercial end users. Any distributor that a school chooses to use can carry this line of hand hygiene and surface disinfection products.

Over the past 50 years, Nice-Pak has pioneered new and innovative uses for pre-moistened wipes including hand cleaning and sanitizing as well as hard surface disinfecting. Nice-Pak Commercial is a part of Professional Disposables International, Inc., and Nice-Pak is used under license by Professional Disposables International, Inc. The company’s U.S. headquarters is in Orangeburg, New York. For more information on Sani-Hands II or Sani-Hands for Kids, visit www.nicepak.com/commercial.

Public Relations Contact: Rosica Strategic Public Relations