How to best avoid Tricolsan in a healthcare setting?

Answered on November 22, 2014
Created November 19, 2014 at 11:44 PM

I personally am looking to side step the adverse effects that triclosan is having on my body, but am unsure how to do so. The hospital I work at only has handsoap with Tricolsan based hand soap. And with working as an ER tech, I wash my hands several times an hour (before and after patient encounters...usually more.)  


I have thought about bringing my own soap with me, however this seems a bit over the top and obscure. I would be forced to carry a small bottle of handsoap in my scrubs at all times. It would also be troublesome to be washing my hands with this soap in front of patients as they might wonder if "the hospital soap is not good enough." 

Also, I have thought about speaking to the infection control committee at my hospital to lobby and move for a different type of soap without Triclosan.

Is there anything I can do in the mean time besides continually expose myself to tricolsan? Has anyone else run into similar concerns or a similar situation?




on November 20, 2014
at 05:23 PM

What are you concerned about with respect to triclosan? 

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on November 22, 2014
at 01:29 PM

Wear gloves, bring your own soap?

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