Infection control products are antibacterial solutions that kill germs and prevent the spread of illness. These medical supplies include disinfectants, hand sanitizers, betadine solution, and antiseptics. Antiseptic products include benzalkonium wipes, alcohol pads, and povidone-iodine swabsticks. These supplies are often used for first aid, wound prep, ostomy care, and urological care. Using topical hand sanitizers is another way to prevent infection. They are available in foaming formulas, gels, and wipes. If you are going to be in a contaminated environment or have a compromised immune system, surgical masks can be used to filter the air before inhalation. All of the mentioned products aid in the control of infectious diseases and protect the body.
One must-have item to keep in a first aid kit is a box of BZK wipes. These antiseptic towelettes contain benzalkonium chloride, a topical disinfectant that is ideal for cleaning minor wounds. These medical antiseptic wipes are designed to decrease bacteria and prevent infection while also being gentle on skin. BZK towelettes can also be used for perineal and maternity care. Benzalkonium chloride solution is alcohol free, so it will not sting the skin. The individual antiseptic wipes are sterile and convenient to use. We carry wipes from brands such as Dynarex and PDI Hygea.
Betadine is a brand of povidone iodine solution that serves multiple medical purposes. The 10% solution is used to kill harmful bacteria on the skin. It can be used to clean wounds or prep the skin before an operation. This iodine topical solution will not stain fabric or your skin. We also carry betadine in swabstick form. Each package contains three betadine swabsticks. These flexible povidone-iodine saturated swabsticks are disposable and easy to use. Betadine is also available in a 7.5% solution that is used to thoroughly clean hands. The surgical-strength detergent kills bacteria, viruses, and yeast on the skin. Any of the Purdue Betadine products are essential household items.
Hand sanitizer wipes from brands such as SaniHands are ideal for at home, the office, or for on the go use. The gel formula contains 65.9% alcohol to kill germs and bacteria on contact. These antibacterial hand wipes are available in a pop-up tub or as individually-wrapped packets. Sani-Hands germicidal wipes are also free of dye and fragrance, so they're great for sensitive skin. They contain aloe, vitamin E, and glycerin to keep your hands from drying out. Please see our blog for a comparison on the different types of antiseptics.
Other products that can help stop the spread of disease include surgical face masks and N95 masks. Both protect the user from airborne microbes such as the flu, tuberculosis, and the common cold. Surgical face masks are looser fitting and provide protection against large fluid droplets. N95 masks are designed to create a tight seal to blocks smaller airborne particles and aerosols from entering the nose or mouth.