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Hand Sanitizer Dispensers No Longer Outside MDR

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As a borderline germophobe, I was disappointed to see that the dispensers were

no longer outside the MDR. (Also removed from the Lido, which has the “sinks”.) I found them convenient and important. Was this

a cost saving measure, or is there another method to this madness? 

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It's commonly known that those dispensers were ineffective in controlling viruses (noro).  In fact, their presence encourages people to avoid those measures that do control viruses, ie, washing with soap.

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The hand sanitizer stations have been reduced, with the emphasis back to soap and water.  I still like to use the sanitizer before entering the MDR and Lido as an added defense from contact with hand rails, elevators, etc.

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I was just on the Konigsdam.

i agree that it is a good second line of defense. 

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Use the soap and water at the sinks. The ineffective hand sanitizer will not be needed.

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No hand washing stations outside MDR, however.  Better something than nothing. 

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The hand washing stations are pretty cool, and I used them a lot, noticed the crew used them too.  It is unfortunate that they are not at the dining room.  I carry a pocket sized purell to use in any restaurant after using a menu.  

 

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I always carry some hand sanitizer. I hope that the exercise room still has dispensers.

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1 hour ago, tamsno said:

No hand washing stations outside MDR, however.  Better something than nothing. 

There's a washroom steps from the entrance to the dining room. Hardly 'nothing'.
There's even a paper towel or tissue to use as a barrier when you open the door! Much more sanitary than the 'sanitizers'. 

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Germstar Noro 2oz Hand Sanitizer Spray
I am a newly retired DDS and have used this in our practice as well as on our trips in Europe airlines and cruise lines! This kills norovovirus and have great results! I also use another product in our staterooms! The spray is awesome and it is hospital grade. Washing stations are a must ! 
Denise😊

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We just returned from an NCL cruise and they actually had a couple crew members outside the buffet saying "washy washy" as they attempted to spray everyone's hands.  They also had hand washing stations  a few feet away.  Like some others, we always carry our own.  

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https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/purell-maker-receives-strict-warning-from-fda-over-sanitizers

 

From the article:

 

Federal health officials are calling on GoJo, the maker of Purell products, to stop making claims that its hand sanitizer is effective at eliminating diseases.

In a letter, the Food and Drug Administration called out the company for posting several claims across Purell website pages and its social media platforms that the over-the-counter hand sanitizers could reduce the risk of illnesses including Ebola, norovirus, influenza and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which is an infection is caused by a type of staph bacteria.

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On 1/25/2020 at 5:20 PM, RuthC said:

There's a washroom steps from the entrance to the dining room. Hardly 'nothing'.
There's even a paper towel or tissue to use as a barrier when you open the door! Much more sanitary than the 'sanitizers'. 

On the Veendam, this month, there was still a sign by the washroom door that said to use a paper towel or tissue to open the door. The problem was that the paper towel dispenser was replaced with a hand blow dryer. HAL had the little wash cloths to dry your hands by the sink. 

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I use soap and water in the washroom, then wipe with the little cloth.  Then use that cloth to open the door, prop the door open with my foot and then throw the cloth into the basket provided.

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4 minutes ago, summer slope said:

I use soap and water in the washroom, then wipe with the little cloth.  Then use that cloth to open the door, prop the door open with my foot and then throw the cloth into the basket provided.

 

This is our method as well.  

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Great idea! This should be demonstrated at the muster drill!

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1 hour ago, summer slope said:

I use soap and water in the washroom, then wipe with the little cloth.  Then use that cloth to open the door, prop the door open with my foot and then throw the cloth into the basket provided.

I did that one time and kicked a poor fellow who was entering the restroom at the time. He was quire elderly and I felt horrible about it. I apologized profusely. I still do it but I'm much more careful now!

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