What You Can’t See In Your Hand Soap

Liquid soap dispensers are used by millions daily, but as you reach for the soap dispenser to clean your hands you may want to look at the dispenser itself before pumping. All soap dispensers are not alike, and some can potentially harbor more bacteria than they remove!

Prevention Basics
Washing your hands with soap and water is universally considered one of the simplest steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs. This is especially important as flu season returns and COVID-19 rates continue to climb. But is the familiar wall mounted soap dispenser in the restroom or common area doing more harm than good? That may depend on what type of dispenser it is and how well it’s being maintained.

It’s What’s Inside That Counts
There are two common wall mounted soap dispensers: closed and open bulk-refillable systems. Closed liquid soap dispensers can be refilled with a sealed disposable bag or cartridge. Open bulk-refillable dispensers require soap to be poured into the dispenser from bulk stock soaps that may be concentrated, requiring tap water to dilute the soap.

Bulk-refillable soap dispensers are commonly found in public restrooms in many community settings. Recent studies have shown one in four bulk-refillable soap dispensers are contaminated.1 While soap does not have to be sterile for effective hand washing, the number of bacteria in the soap needs to be minimal and free of harmful organisms. It should also contain enough preservative to prevent contamination of the soap.2

A study conducted in Japan examined contaminated soap dispensers and found 17 different species of bacteria, including Klebsiella pneumoniae, Serratia Marcescens, and Enterobacter, and Pseudomonas.1 Various outbreaks have occurred from contaminated soap resulting in a variety of infections such as bacteremia, joint infections, skin ulcers, and urinary tract infections.2

As new soap is poured into the dispenser, contaminants such as dirt and bacteria can also be introduced during the refill process. Researchers also theorize that preservatives in bulk soap may deteriorate over time which can also lead to contaminated soap.2

Ideally, a refillable dispenser should be cleaned before filling. Wall-mounted dispensers may not have a removable soap container, so cleaning the container that houses the soap can be challenging and the effectiveness of cleaning short-lived. Studies show that even after cleaning a contaminated dispenser with a 10-minute soak of sodium hypochlorite (bleach) solution, the contamination levels return to pre-cleaning levels within 7-14 days.4

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) discourages the practice of “topping off” or adding new soap to existing soap in the container due to the risk of contamination citing contaminates can enter the dispenser when the top is removed and new soap is added.3

How DermaRite Can Help You
DermaRite’s closed cartridge and bag systems are an easy solution to prevent liquid soap contamination. The disposable closed cartridge or bag provides clean, uncontaminated soap and a new nozzle for delivery of soap with every dispenser refill. A clean, mess-free system will enhance handwashing compliance.

DermaRite offers a variety of liquid hand soaps, hand sanitizers, and skin cleansers for use in a closed system refillable dispenser.

Our line of liquid hand soaps and total body cleansers include:

DermaKleen™: a pH balanced, Triclosan-free antiseptic hand cleanser enriched with vitamin E to soften and condition frequently washed hands. Contains chloroxylenol.
KleenFoam: a pH balanced antiseptic foam hand soap that moisturizes with Aloe Vera for clean, soft, conditioned hands. Contains chloroxylenol.
TotalFoam: a pH-balanced total body wash and shampoo enriched with Aloe Vera which offers a thick rich lather to leave skin soft and fresh.
TotalBath: a mild, pH balanced full body cleanser and shampoo enriched with vitamin E to moisturize and nourish skin.
DermaRain: a pH balanced, dye-free cleanser for sensitive skin that cleans and moisturizes without irritation.
DermaVera: a pH balanced cleanser enriched with shea butter to provide a rich lather with a fresh scent. Nourishes and moisturizes as it cleans.

References:

  1. Zapka, Carrie & Campbell, Esther & Maxwell, Sheri & Gerba, Charles & Dolan, Michael & Arbogast, James. (2011). Bacterial Hand Contamination and Transfer after Use of Contaminated Bulk-Soap-Refillable Dispensers. Applied and environmental microbiology. 77. 2898-904. 10.1128/AEM.02632-10.
  2. The Free Library. S.v. Occurrence of heterotrophic and coliform bacteria in liquid hand soaps from bulk refillable dispensers in public facilities..” Retrieved Dec 01 2020 from https://www.thefreelibrary.com/Occurrence+of+heterotrophic+and+coliform+bacteria+in+liquid+ha nd…-a0249684607
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/rr/rr5116.pdf
  4. Lorenz LA, Ramsay BD, Goeres DM, Fields MW, Zapka CA, Macinga DR. Evaluation and remediation of bulk soap dispensers for biofilm. Biofouling. 2012;28(1):99-109. doi: 10.1080/08927014.2011.653637. PMID: 22257312.

Deeper Dive

Want to learn more about this topic? In addition to the reference links above, here are some great articles and resources that you can explore.

  1. https://oshareview.com/2016/10/hand-hygiene-do-not-top-off-soap-dispensers-infection-control/
  2. https://professionals.wrha.mb.ca/old/extranet/ipc/files/manuals/acutecare/Topping_up_and_Reusing.pdf
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A Broader Look At Infection Control In Healthcare Settings

Much of our focus in the year 2020 has been on preventing the spread of COVID-19, but the risks of infection and the need for infection control are not new. In healthcare settings we are continually challenged with preventing the spread of common organisms that cause disease and result in costly Healthcare-Acquired Infections (HAIs), such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus, Clostridium difficile, often called C. diff., E. coli, as well as viruses causing flu, pneumonia and COVID-19.

The Staggering Impact of HAIs
The Center for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 25 hospitalized patients will get an infection contracted while in a healthcare facility and an estimated 75,000 patient deaths annually are a result of these infections1. These infections carry an astounding price tag of over $9.8 billion to treat2.

Who’s At Risk
HAI prevention is not a challenge exclusive to hospitals. It is a focus in Long Term Care (LTC) facilities, outpatient centers, medical offices and home-care settings. Estimates on the number of infections acquired in LTC facilities annually range from 1.13- 3.83 million3. Individuals most at risk for developing a Healthcare-Acquired Infection are those with chronic illnesses, immunocompromised, the very young and the elderly.

What’s Being Done About It
To curb the number of infections in the LTC setting the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has mandated that facilities have at least one designated Infection Preventionist on staff. The role of the Infection Preventionist will be to oversee the development, monitoring and revision of the facility infection control program, infection surveillance, outbreak management, monitor antibiotic use, as well as employee infection control practices such as handwashing.

How You Can Help
The past 6 months of living with a pandemic have increased awareness of measures to control the spread of infection and disease. Basic infection control practices that are effective in controlling the spread of disease and infection should be incorporated into our daily routines, including:

  • frequent hand hygiene (hand washing or hand sanitization when appropriate)
  • use of personal protective equipment (masks, gowns or gloves)
  • disinfection of frequently used surfaces
  • maintaining safe distances for one another

How We Can Help You
Basic infection control measures require products such as hand soaps, hand sanitizers and surface disinfectants that will help prevent the spread of disease. It is important to choose products that are effective on a wide range of organisms, to minimize the transmission of disease.

DermaRite has a broad selection of infection control products to help you reduce the transmission of disease. You can explore the entire Infection Prevention & Control (IPAC) at dermarite.com/ipac.

References:

  1. https://apic.org/monthly_alerts/who-are-infection-preventionists/
  2. https://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/view/study-estimates-costs-hais
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/pdfs/training/2019/ltcf/infection-surv-ltc-508.pdf
  4. https://www.cdc.gov/
  5. https://www.provista.com/blog/blog-listing/infection-preventionist-mandate-for-ltc-takeseffect
  6. https://www.sepsis.org/sepsisand/healthcare-acquiredinfections/#:~:text=Technically%2C%20any%20type%20of%20infection%20caught%20in%20a,di fficile%2C%20often%20called%20C.%20difficile%20or%20C.%20diff
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September 2020 Update From Our Executive Team

We hope that you and your family are staying healthy and safe. As the pandemic continues to take its toll on the country, we are closely monitoring the impact it is having on the healthcare industry and how we can do our part to help improve the lives of as many people as possible.

In response to customer requests, we recently introduced ReadyKleen™, a ready to use disinfectant spray, and increased the availability of LemonKleen™, our concentrated, economical disinfectant. In addition, we are poised to release two exciting new products in the next few weeks: GelRite® 75, an instant hand sanitizer with a 75% ethyl alcohol content, and a convenient 75% ethyl alcohol disinfectant wipe. Several more infection control products are in development as well and we look forward to presenting them to you as soon as they are available.

Infection prevention and control has been a critical area of focus for everyone, but particularly the healthcare sector, as we work to protect the vulnerable from contracting COVID-19. Unfortunately, the extraordinary demand for infection prevention products has resulted in the introduction of ineffective or potentially dangerous products being introduced to the market. In just the past several months the FDA has released warnings regarding sanitizers containing harmful methanol, inadequate levels of alcohol, or packaged in containers that could lead to ingestion by small children.

We encourage you to ensure the safety of staff and customers by purchasing products from proven companies. DermaRite has been providing safe and effective infection prevention tools for over 25 years, and our record of excellence and reliability stands behind all our products.

If you have any questions or comments, please reach out. We would love to hear from you.

Wishing you the best of health,

Fabian McCarthy
CEO

Naftali Minzer
Chairman

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The Wide-Reaching Effect of Social Isolation on Seniors

Socially isolated seniors are at risk for developing dementia at a startling rate of up to 50% and nearly one fourth of adults 65 or older are considered socially isolated.3 Those statistics alone are disheartening, then along comes COVID-19. This disruptive life event, and the mandatory precautions to restrict family and friends from visiting nursing homes, initiated to keep seniors safe, have put them at even more risk.

Neurodegeneration and Pressure Injuries
Neurodegenerative conditions such as dementia, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease are more prevalent in the elderly and predispose seniors to skin issues and pressure injury. These conditions can result in motor, sensory and cognitive changes as well as behavioral changes. Seniors with neurodegenerative impairment tend to be less mobile and may suffer from spasticity or rigidness which can contribute to pressure injury development. It’s estimated that almost 40% of individuals suffering from dementia will develop ulcerations.1

Pressure injuries can cause significant suffering including pain, depression, or infection and can result in a five-fold increase in mortality.2 Pressure injuries may increase the care required for nursing home residents, resulting in stress on nursing resources and a financial strain to an already taxed health care system.

Depression
Social isolation has also been linked to loneliness and depression. Depression is characterized by feelings of sadness, sleep disorders, decreased appetite, energy, and difficulty concentrating.3 Loneliness is a symptom of depression. Maintaining relationships with friends and family helps to prevent psychological stress and loneliness. These relationships provide a sense of value and meaning and are an important source of social support for older adults.4 Virtual interaction with family is encouraged during this time of isolation due to COVID-19, however, access to the internet or computers, computer literacy and comfort with this form of communication all impact the success of virtual connectedness.

Malnutrition
Social isolation and loneliness also contribute to malnutrition in the elderly. By nature, humans are social beings and healthy eating habits are closely tied to eating meals with others.5 Malnutrition can lead to decreased mobility and weight loss which also increases the risk for pressure injury.1 Nutritional assessments are a critical component in predicting risk for pressure injury. Poor nutritional status can delay wound healing, and even contribute to infection or sepsis.6

What You Can Do
While it is necessary to isolate residents to keep them from exposure to COVID-19, it is also necessary to bolster skin care prevention to minimize the effects of isolation, immobility, and poor nutrition. Consider increasing the frequency of skin assessments during this time. Follow the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel guidelines for preventative skin care that recommend avoiding alkaline soaps and cleansers for bathing, keeping the skin hydrated, using barrier products to protect skin from moisture and cleansing promptly after incontinence episodes. These interventions are essential to keeping skin intact. Boost a poor diet with liquid protein to bolster the nutritional status of residents impacted by the effects of social isolation related to COVID-19. At this unprecedented time, prevention is key.

How DermaRite Can Help You

Education
Additional guidance for caregivers is offered in the new COVID-19 Recovery Series. DermaRite Academy, our free online learning portal, also offers several courses on dementia as well as many other topics that will benefit every caregiver.

Nutritional Products
DermaRite offers two great tasting liquid protein options to meet the nutritional needs of your residents – ProHeal and ProHeal Critical Care. Both are easy to use, provide up to 17 grams of protein in a convenient 1 oz serving and provide all the essential and non-essential amino acids to support the nutritional requirements needed during this stressful time. The ProHeal line is sugar, soy, lactose, and gluten free, and can be safely used with most diets. More information can be found here.

Skin Care
DermaRite is your go-to-source for all your preventive skin care needs. Explore the whole line of skin protectants here.

ProHeal™ and ProHeal™ Critical Care Liquid Protein

ProHeal is a medical food developed for the dietary management of wounds and conditions requiring supplemental protein. ProHeal is a liquid protein supplement that contains a concentrated blend of hydrolyzed collagen and whey protein for maximum protein content and absorption.

Learn more >

References:

  1. Jaul, E., Barron, J., Rosenzweig, J. P., & Menczel, J. (2018). An overview of co-morbidities and the development of pressure ulcers among older adults. BMC geriatrics, 18(1), 305. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-018-0997-7
  2. https://www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2011/10/31/pressure-ulcers-advanced-dementia-may-need-different-approach
  3. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2020. Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults: Opportunities for the Health Care System. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press
  4. Berkman, L. and T.A. Glass. 2000. Social integration, social networks, social support, and health. In L. Berkman and I. Kawachi (eds.) Social epidemiology, New York: Oxford University Press. Pp. 137-173
  5. https://thevarsity.ca/2019/03/15/loneliness-and-isolation-associated-with-malnutrition/
  6. https://woundeducators.com/nutritional-assessment/
  7. https://npiap.com/
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June Update From Our Executive Team

First and foremost, we hope that you and your families are staying safe and healthy. We are writing to provide you with our most recent perspectives on the Covid-19 pandemic and how we are assisting our customers as they prepare for the next phase of the response.

We also wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on recent current events. Certainly, these are difficult times for our nation. Not only has Covid-19 resulted in more than one hundred thousand fatalities (with 80% of the deaths occurring among people aged 65 years or older), the last two weeks have also reminded America of another vulnerable population: the minority community and the systemic racism they endure daily. The inexcusable death of George Floyd has ignited further demands for societal change, and DermaRite firmly supports our team and our community to exercise their constitutional right to assemble peacefully, as well as to listen and learn with an open mind. DermaRite is extremely proud of its diversity and commitment to inclusivity, but we realize there is always more we can accomplish, and we will.

Looking ahead… As the country moves towards reopening, we are exploring the long-term impact of these past few months. From a clinical perspective, how can we use the difficult lessons learned through this challenge to make positive changes for those who rely on our products and services? From an economic perspective, how have the needs of the industry changed, and how do we adapt to those changes?

Certain trends are more obvious. The need for increased infection control products will be with us for a long while. We identified this need early on and responded by increasing sanitizer production to an extraordinary degree and introducing new surface disinfectant products based on customer feedback.

Telehealth has proven itself to be an effective method of care for many circumstances. While it remains to be seen how broadly it will be adopted long term, it will certainly continue to be a growing mode of caregiving. Our popular wound dressing-selection app, available for free, is an increasingly useful tool for this new setting, and we are exploring ways to make it even more useful.

We are also constantly adding to our educational and clinical resources which have seen an increased interest in the wake of the pandemic. A wide selection of short clips have been added to our site to help at-home caregivers learn how to apply and remove our dressings. Our Clinical Insights newsletters continue to be a valuable resource for learning about various skin, wound and nutritional conditions and their treatment options. Our online learning portal, DermaRite Academy, is a great place to stay up to date on best-practices from the comfort of your own home.

We are committed to the ongoing safety and wellbeing of our employees and customers. You can be sure that as we all adapt to the new realities of a post-pandemic world, DermaRite will be by your side, providing the support and tools you need to provide exceptional care. We are all in this together.

As always, please reach out with any questions or comments.

Wishing you the best of health,

Fabian McCarthy
CEO

Naftali Minzer
Chairman

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A Message To Our Customers Regarding The COVID-19 Pandemic: 4.14.20

Update From Our Executive Officers

As we have worked diligently these past weeks to supply acute and post-acute facilities with much-needed supplies, we have seen from up close the dedication and courage of our doctors, nurses, and frontline healthcare workers. We are grateful for those who are helping to treat and protect those who are vulnerable or affected by this virus. Their service is an inspiration, and we are striving to assist and support them.

As previously stated, we have not forgotten our primary focus to provide skin and wound care tools for the ongoing care of patients and residents throughout the country. We continue to improve our processes to adapt to this unusual time and to ensure that facilities’ needs are met in a timely manner.

We are not immune to the effects that this pandemic is causing on the workforce. Our first priority will always be to protect the health and safety of our staff and customers. We are adjusting to the circumstances and expanding precautionary measures. Although this may cause delays, these are necessary steps, and we ask for your patience and understanding. In addition, these safeguards will ensure that we can stay open to continue to provide essential supplies where it is needed most.

As always, we encourage our customers to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Wishing you the best of health,

Fabian McCarthy
CEO

Naftali Minzer
Chairman

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Autolytic Debridement: A First Line Debridement Method for Virtual Wound Care

The current healthcare crisis with COVID-19 has left many providers scrambling for a way to meet the needs of their residents and patients while physical contact is restricted during the current pandemic. This is certainly true for Wound Care physicians and nurse practitioners that would normally visit residents in Long Term Care facilities and perform sharps debridement to facilitate wound healing.

To limit exposure to COVID-19, many providers are turning to telehealth modalities in order to virtually “see” patients. As of March 6th, 2020 CMS temporarily expanded benefits to allow Medicare recipients to receive increased telehealth services.5 Providers can assess and recommend treatment for residents, but are faced with the challenge of how to perform a virtual wound debridement.

Types Of Debridement
A quick review of debridement modalities and getting back to basics can help. There are several types of debridement available for effective removal of non-viable tissue:

  • Surgical/ Sharps Debridement: This type of debridement is performed with sterile surgical instruments such as curettes or scalpels by the healthcare provider.1 Sharp debridement quickly removes devitalized tissue from the wound bed leaving healthy tissue intact and can be performed in a wound clinic or at the bedside. Surgical debridement is more aggressive and is performed in an operating room and may be non-selective removing healthy tissue as well as devitalized tissue.1
  • Enzymatic Debridement: This debridement method is performed by applying an enzyme enriched topical preparation to the wound bed that helps to liquify devitalized tissue.1 Enzymatic debridement is less painful than a surgical/sharps debridement and can be a nurse applied treatment. The negative to this therapy is the high cost of the enzymatic preparation.
  • Mechanical Debridement: This type of debridement can be achieved through wet-to-dry dressings or hydrotherapy.1 While this is an inexpensive method, it is usually a painful treatment. This process removes viable and devitalized tissue from the wound bed. Due to the pain involved, this is a less acceptable form of debridement.
  • Biological Debridement: This is the use of sterile maggots, Lucilia sericata (the green bottle fly) to debride wounds.1 These maggots are grown in a sterile environment and are applied to the wound bed. Maggots may be applied with custom pre-constructed dressings or individually created dressing to keep the maggots securely in the wound bed.
  • Autolytic Debridement: This is a commonly used debridement modality. Autolytic debridement is painless and uses dressings to promote moist wound healing. The wound dressing provides a moisture balanced environment that allows the body’s natural enzymes to liquify devitalized tissue.6 While notably a slower method, the benefit of decreased pain, easy to apply dressings, and lack of trauma to the wound bed makes this a commonly used debridement method.

How To Select A Dressing For Autolytic Debridement
Characteristics to consider in selecting dressings for autolytic debridement include the wound exudate, depth, and condition of the peri-wound skin.4 Commonly used autolytic debridement dressings include products that either add moisture to a wound or those that absorb excess moisture from the wound bed.7 The goal is to maintain a moist wound environment and proper moisture balance in the wound bed to facilitate moist wound healing.8

Dressings to add or retain moisture in the wound include :

Dressing that absorb excess exudate in the wound, and gel in contact with wound exudate include:

Interactive Dressing Selection Guide App
DermaRite’s interactive dressing guide is a unique digital catalog that allows users to input wound information to see which DermaRite dressings are suited for use with that wound. Available for iPhone, iPad and Android.

References:

  1. https://www.woundsource.com/blog/wound-debridement-options-5-major-methods
  2. https://www.verywellhealth.com/debridement-of-a-wound-3157191
  3. https://www.woundsresearch.com/article/evidence-intensive-autolytic-debridement-self-adaptive-wound-dressing
  4. https://journals.lww.com/aswcjournal/Fulltext/2004/06000/QUICK_TIPS__Dressings_for_Autolytic_Debridement.7.aspx
  5. https://journals.lww.com/aswcjournal/Citation/publishahead/Expanded_Telehealth_Services_Offer_Smart_Wound.99927.aspx
  6. https://factdr.com/health-conditions/wound-debridement-dressing/
  7. https://www.nursingtimes.net/clinical-archive/tissue-viability/the-role-of-debridement-in-the-healing-process-10-10-2013/
  8. https://www.woundsource.com/blog/benefits-moist-wound-healing
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A Message To Our Customers Regarding The COVID-19 Pandemic: 4.2.20

As our country enters its second month of the pandemic, we continue to pull together, individually and collectively, to support the health and safety of our customers and those in their care. We want to offer you a brief update on what we are doing to help.

The massive demand for hand sanitizers, antimicrobial soaps, and disinfecting virucide cleansers shows no sign of slowing down. We continue to run our production lines twenty-four hours a day, with routine breaks to sanitize the facility and give employees some well-deserved rest. We have been able to achieve extraordinary growth in the production of essential hand hygiene and disinfecting products over the past several weeks. We are continuing to expand production capacity and broaden our supply chain in order to help fill the needs of our customers.

It is clear from reports around the country that Long Term Care facilities are at the forefront of protecting our vulnerable senior population from the pandemic, and we intend to stand strong beside you throughout this challenging time.

We have not forgotten our primary mission to support you with high-quality products, outstanding customer service, and unmatched clinical tools to help you in your day to day caregiving. We are ensuring that our increased focus on hand hygiene and disinfection does not interfere with supplying our customers and distribution partners with the skin care, wound care, and nutritional supplies that they need.

In addition, to our commitment to the safety of our employees and customers, we are also ensuring the health and safety of our community. In recognition of the vital role they play on the front lines of this battle, we have made hand sanitizers available to local first responders.

We are incredibly grateful to all the healthcare professionals and other organizations working tirelessly to keep us safe.

As always, we encourage our customers to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Wishing you the best of health,

Fabian McCarthy
CEO

Naftali Minzer
Chairman

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COVID-19 Resources

Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission. A framework for healthcare settings including nursing homes/longterm care facilities to both prepare for and mitigate community transmission of COVID-19.

This interim guidance is for staff at local and state health departments, infection prevention and control professionals, and healthcare personnel who are coordinating the home care and isolation of people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection.

The CDC Clean Hands Count campaign offers posters, factsheets, and brochures for healthcare providers and patients at no charge. To order copies of these materials, please visit CDC-INFO on Demand.

Hand Hygiene & Other Standard Precautions to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections education module. Hand Hygiene, Glove Use, and Preventing Transmission of C. difficile education module.

AACN Coronavirus Resources for Nurse Educators highlighting key information sources about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Page updated regularly to include details about new informational events and webinars, and the latest news from the CDC.

“Preparing for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Influenza:
Relias online Training & Resources offering access to relevant resources to help healthcare professionals and individuals prepare and prevent the spread of infection.”

Social Media Resources:

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A Message To Our Customers Regarding The COVID-19 Pandemic

As a healthcare company serving our customers for over twenty years, our mission is always to improve the lives of patients and caregivers in any way we can. As our country, and much of the world, faces this extraordinary Covid-19 pandemic, we also feel an obligation to do everything we can to protect public health and safety. We wanted to reach out to you and share some of the actions our DermaRite family has been taking to assist and partner with our customers during this public health crisis.
Although we began preparing for increases in hand sanitizer demand early in the year, DermaRite experienced an overwhelming increase in the number of orders for our hand hygiene products during the first week of March, depleting our existing inventory in just a few days. Since that time, we have done everything in our power to ramp up production to meet the needs of our customers.

Our facility in North Bergen, New Jersey is running around-the-clock shifts and working seven days a week. We have hired additional employees, increased OT in all departments, worked closely with our supply chain partners to increase and expedite purchase orders, and are adding additional equipment focused on increasing our production capacities. With the help of our incredibly dedicated team, we have increased hand sanitizer production over fifty times our previous levels in only three weeks. Our executive management team is meeting daily to prioritize shipments based on getting at least partial orders to as many customers as we can.

As we focus on providing these critical supplies, we are also ensuring that all other customer and patient needs are being met during this critical time.

The health and safety of our employees is paramount. We are following the recommendations of the CDC and local health organizations, ensuring that our employees are following safety protocols, and distributing sanitizers for personal use. We have increased cleaning and sanitizing schedules throughout our facilities. We are encouraging anyone who can work from home to do so and are restricting the travel of our clinical and commercial teams.
We will continue to monitor the situation and adapt to it as needed. As always, we encourage you to reach out to us with any questions and concerns.

We wish you the best of health and encourage everyone to stay safe and look out for one another.

Best,

Fabian McCarthy
CEO

Naftali Minzer
Chairman

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