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It is important to remember that soap products are different in their purpose and action in comparison to antimicrobial products.
Soap is used to remove dirt and other debris, including the oil that is secreted to maintain suppleness, from the surface of the skin. Typically, bacteria that contaminates the skin will be found in this layer of oil and is removed when soap removes the oil. However, soap cannot be relied on to kill bacteria.

Antimicrobial products will kill bacteria or inhibit their growth, but will not remove debris or dirt from the skin. It is usually this debris or dirt that protects bacteria from the effects of an antimicrobial handrub.

Soap and antimicrobial products should generally be used together; the soap first to clean the skin of dirt, debris and oil, and and antimicrobial to kill the remaining bacteria. Using only one or the other will generally lead to incomplete hand hygiene.

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Those who work in health settings, including vets and veterinary practice staff, may have a higher risk of carrying MRSA than the general population.

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