Norovirus-effective Formulation Ideal for Long-term Care
This timely addition of a convenient, no-touch hand sanitizer with effectivity on Human Norovirus will save many nursing home lives. Norovirus is not often recognized as a killer but it is one of the leading causes of death in nursing homes. Before COVID-19, the CDC regularly reported 380,000 annual deaths attributed to infections acquired in their facility, A large percentage is due to Norovirus.
Purell VF Plus is a first. It combines a set of features tailored to long-term care residents and staff. This unique combination kills Coronavirus, Norovirus, Hep A and Cold/Flu viruses. Early adopters drilled down deeply to understand the synergies among formulation, dispenser and location. All are needed to stimulate actual use. Frequent use creates a barrier to incoming viruses and serves up an ambiance of wellness and relaxation. Units are positioned at all visitor and service entrances as well as at the doorway of resident rooms. Dispensers are also well placed in dining areas, nursing stations and in general all along resident and caregiver paths.
Expect to see VF Plus on cruise ships and in casinos, two segments that are quick to adopt innovations that protect their staff, guests and the business itself. This year is expected to have a lower incidence of Norovirus outbreaks as so many restaurants and schools are closed along with cruise liners remaining in port and events cancelled. Lower Norovirus rates could also be due to the Pandemic’s drive for added hand hygiene. The 2020 season for Norovirus in nursing homes is about to start.
Many new hand sanitizers joined the COVID-19 war, making it appear that all it takes is alcohol. But, formulation matters.
Nursing homes are increasingly choosing Purell VF Plus based first on its safety and kindness to skin. It is less drying to the skin than a soap-water wash. Then there is North Carolina State University’s efficacy data for Human Norovirus, the toughest of the quartet of virus targets. The final decision criteria is the patented touch-free dispenser which has a unique power source, making separate battery changes unnecessary. The power source is onboard the sanitizer cartridge. The clear bottle serves as a visual reminder for recharging.