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What is Staphylococcus aureus (staph)?
Staphylococcus aureus, often referred to simply as "staph," are bacteria commonly carried on the skin or in the nose of healthy people. Approximately 25% to 30% of the population is colonized (when bacteria are present, but not causing an infection) in the nose with staph bacteria. Sometimes, staph can cause an infection. Staph bacteria are one of the most common causes of skin infections in the United States. Most of these skin infections are minor (such as pimples and boils) and can be treated without antibiotics (also known as antimicrobials or antibacterials). However, staph bacteria also can cause serious infections (such as surgical wound infections, bloodstream infections, and pneumonia).

What is MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)?
Some staph bacteria are resistant to antibiotics. MRSA is a type of staph (see above) that is resistant to antibiotics called beta-lactams. Beta-lactam antibiotics include methicillin and other more common antibiotics such as oxacillin, penicillin and amoxicillin. While 25% to 30% of the population is colonized with staph, approximately 1% is colonized with MRSA.
Who gets staph or MRSA infections?
Staph infections, including MRSA, occur most frequently among persons in hospitals and healthcare facilities (such as nursing homes and dialysis centers) who have weakened immune systems. These healthcare-associated staph infections include surgical wound infections, urinary tract infections, bloodstream infections, and pneumonia.

What is community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA)
Staph and MRSA can also cause illness in persons outside of hospitals and healthcare facilities. MRSA infections that are acquired by persons who have not been recently (within the past year) hospitalized or had a medical procedure (such as dialysis, surgery, catheters) are know as CA-MRSA infections. Staph or MRSA infections in the community are usually manifested as skin infections, such as pimples and boils, and occur in otherwise healthy people.

How common are staph and MRSA infections?
Staph bacteria are one of the most common causes of skin infection in the United States and are a common cause of pneumonia, surgical wound infections, and bloodstream infections. The majority of MRSA infections occur among patients in hospitals or other healthcare settings; however, it is becoming more common in the community setting. Data from a prospective study in 2003, suggests that 12% of clinical MRSA infections are community-associated, but this varies by geographic region and population.

What does a staph or MRSA infection look like?
Staph bacteria, including MRSA, can cause skin infections that may look like a pimple or boil and can be red, swollen, painful, or have pus or other drainage. More serious infections may cause pneumonia, bloodstream infections, or surgical wound infections.

Are certain people at increased risk for community-associated staph or MRSA infections?
CDC has investigated clusters of CA-MRSA skin infections among athletes, military recruits, children, Pacific Islanders, Alaskan Natives, Native Americans, men who have sex with men, and prisoners. Factors that have been associated with the spread of MRSA skin infections include: close skin-to-skin contact, openings in the skin such as cuts or abrasions, contaminated items and surfaces, crowded living conditions, and poor hygiene.

How many dangerous germs does BEE'S BEST KILL?
BEE'S BEST INSTANT HAND SANITIZER KILLS 99.99% of all Harmful Germs!


WHY USE BEE'S BEST INSTEAD OF ALCOHOL BASED HAD SANITIZERS?
IT IS SAFER! BEE'S BEST benzalkonium chloride-based instant Hand Sanitizer is non-flammable. An internet search for alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers and fire will produce multiple hits. Flash fires associated with use of alcohol-based hand hygiene products can have potentially severe consequences for health care workers and their patients. A published example reported an incidence of flash fire associated with the use of an alcohol-based hand antiseptic agent. The fire occurred when a spark of static electricity ignited the alcohol-based hand gel on the hand of a health care worker who had just removed a 100% polyester gown. The health care worker put the pre-measured amount of alcohol-based hand gel in the palm of her hand from a wall-mounted dispenser. She then removed the 100% polyester gown, placed it on a metal surface, and began rubbing the gel onto both hands. While her hands were damp, she pulled open a metal sliding door, heard an audible static spark, saw a flash of light, and experienced spontaneous flames on the palm of one hand. After the incident, the palm showed redness but no blisters. Flames singed the hair on her arm.

OTHER Advantages over Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizers:
Benzalkonium chloride based Hand Sanitizers have distinct advantages over gelled alcohol hand sanitizers. While both product forms are FDA Monograph compliant for leave on products, fast acting and allow for use without water or towels, benzalkonium chloride based products are non-flammable, less drying to skin, and will not stain clothing. Published studies report that benzalkonium chloride based hand sanitizers demonstrated greater sustained degerming activity than gelled alcohol gel hand sanitizers that actually became less effective with repeated use and made the skin dirtier, not cleaner due to removal of protective natural skin oils and entrapment of dead skin cells by the polymer thickeners used in the gelled alcohol products

Whats in BEES BEST HAND SANITIZER?
BEES BEST Instant Hand Sanitizer is based on the active ingredient Benzalkonium Chloride in a unique non-drying, moisturizing and conditioning, Patented formulation. NSF Approved E3 for no-rinse hand sanitizing, Nobac kills 99.9-99.9999% of most common germs that may cause illness, including E. Coli and 99.99% of Germs in just 15 seconds.

Benzalkonium Chloride, which is listed in the Antiseptic monograph as Category III for safety and efficacy. This category allows Benzalkonium chloride based products to be marketed in use patterns that fall within the monograph as long as the formulations conform to the percentage ranges in the monograph, which is 0.1-0.13% for Benzalkonium chloride.

Benzalkonium chloride, unlike benzethonium chloride, is the only quat active ingredient with a history of use in leave-on, FDA Monograph anti-bacterial skin treatment products. Leave-on Hand Sanitizers should not be used as a substitute for proper hand washing and hygiene practices.

BEE'S BEST Patented Instant Hand Sanitizers produces a fast drying, non-sticky foam that contains unique non-drying, conditioning and moisturizing ingredients, leaves the skin with a soft, refreshing and silky afterfeel, and does not contain polymer thickeners or silicones.

WHATS ON THE LABEL?
To comply with FDA regulations, our product labels carry the following text.

BEGIN LABEL

Drug Facts
Active ingredient Purpose
Benzalkonium Chloride 0.1% .............................. Antimicrobial

Uses . For hand sanitizing to decrease bacteria on the skin. Recommended for repeated use

Warnings: For external use only

When using this product avoid contact with eyes. In case of eye contact, flush eyes with water.
Stop use and ask a doctor if irritation or redness develops, or if condition persists for more than 72 hours.

Keep out of reach of children.

If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.

Directions . Pump a small amount of foam into palm of hand . Rub thoroughly over all surfaces of both hands . Rub hands together briskly until dry

END OF LABEL

WHATS SPECIAL ABOUT BEES BEST HAND SANITIZER?
BEE'S BEST Instant Hand Sanitizers, are based on the active ingredient Benzalkonium chloride, which is a unique patented formulation featuring exceptional skin feel, conditioning and moisturizing properties. The efficacy of this product has been confirmed to reduce 99.99% of Germs in as little as 15 seconds. Instant Foam Hand Sanitizer is in compliance with the FDA Final Tentative Monograph for OTC Hand Sanitizer preparations (leave-on sanitizers not requiring a rinse)

Why Benzalkonium chloride based Hand Sanitizers?
History- Benzalkonium chloride is an alcohol-free antimicrobial compound that has been widely used in the health care industry for more than 60 years in formulas for preservatives, surface cleaners, sterilizing agents, and leave-on, FDA Monograph anti-bacterial skin treatment products. The chemical properties of benzalkonium chloride make it a good candidate for persistent antimicrobial activity in mammalian tissue.

Effectiveness:
Benzalkonium chloride-based leave-on Hand Sanitizers have demonstrated efficacy in real-world environments. When evaluated in Elementary School environments where the importance of proper hygiene practices including hand washing is taught and emphasized, the use of non-alcohol benzalkonium chloride-based leave-on instant hand sanitizers reduced illness absenteeism 30-40% in double-blind, placebo controlled studies versus hand washing alone.

What are the advantages of Benzalkonium chloride-based over Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers?
Benzalkonium chloride based Hand Sanitizers have several distinct advantages over alcohol-based hand sanitizers. While both product forms are FDA Monograph for leave-on products, fast acting and allow for use without water or towels, benzalkonium chloride based products are non-flammable, non-damaging to skin, are persistent, and will not stain clothing or flooring.

Skin Irritatant?
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are effective for occasional use, but long-term, frequent use of the alcohol products can cause skin irritation. Alcohol solubilizes and strips away sebum and lipids that guard against bacterial infections of the skin. Extensive use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers actually increases the skinfs susceptibility to infection by transient disease-causing bacteria. This situation can increase the chances of spreading disease-causing microorganisms among patients.

Effectiveness and Residual Activity
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers stop working the instant they dry.
The leading manufacturer of alcohol-based hand sanitizers claims that their product kills 99.99% of most common germs that may cause disease in as little as 15 seconds. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers dry in 8-10 seconds, and fall below the efficacious concentration of alcohol in seconds. It has been reported that alcohol-based hand sanitizers offer no residual protection, and that if your hands feel dry after rubbing them together for 15 seconds, an insufficient volume of alcohol gel was likely applied(1). BEE'S BEST benzalkonium chloride-based hand sanitizer dries fast, but 10-15 seconds slower than alcohol-based hand sanitizers allowing more than the minimum contact time for complete efficacious coverage, including under fingernails.
Additionally, benzalkonium chloride-based hand sanitizers deliver 2 to 4 hours of residual protection!
Published studies report that benzalkonium chloride-based hand sanitizers demonstrated greater sustained antibacterial activity than gelled alcohol-based hand sanitizers that actually became less effective with repeated use and made the skin dirtier, not cleaner due to removal of protective natural skin oils and entrapment of dead skin cells by the polymer thickeners used in the gelled alcohol-based products.
In The Referenced Study to simulate repeated usage, an alcohol-based and alcohol-free benzalkonium chloride based hand sanitizer were compared. In the study, subject hands were repeatedly inoculated with bacteria ollowed by application of hand sanitizer, then evaluated for antimicrobial effectiveness. The antimicrobial efficacy of the alcohol-based hand sanitizer showed a markedly decreased antimicrobial efficacy with subsequent contamination and decontamination cycles, whereas the alcohol-free benzalkonium chloride-based hand sanitizer showed a steady increase in antibacterial efficacy. In addition to these objective results, subjects were asked to subjectively evaluate the condition of their hands after the completion of the test protocol. 47% of the subjects who had completed the test protocol with the alcohol-based hand sanitizer reported palmar pain or discomfort, and tended to indicate some discomfort in palmar surfaces for one to several days after the test. In contrast, none of the subjects that used the alcohol-free benzalkonium chloride-based formula reported any pain or discomfort of their hands after completing the test protocol(2).
In summary:
. Benzalkonium chloride-based hand sanitizers had a greater sustained antibacterial activity than alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers became less effective with repeated use and irritated the hands of subjects.
. Benzalkonium chloride-based hand sanitizers became more effective without irritation after repeated use.

Is BEES BEST Effective?
BEES BEST Instant Hand Sanitizer is very efficient at reducing bacteria on the skin, effective against a broad range of pathogenic bacteria in as little as 15 seconds as the Time Kill Data below shows.

Safe for Use?
BEES BEST Instant Hand Sanitizer is very effective at reducing bacteria on the skin, yet very gentle on the skin and eyes as the Toxicity Profile below indicates:
Acute Oral LD50 >5.0 g/kg, Category IV - Acute Dermal LD50 >2.0 g/kg, Category III Eye Irritation Category III - Skin Irritation Category IV Sensitization Not a Skin Sensitizer
Acute Oral LD50 >5.0 g/kg, Category IV - Acute Dermal LD50 >2.0 g/kg, Category III Eye Irritation Category I - Skin Irritation Category IV Sensitization Not a Skin Sensitizer

TIMED KILL RATIOS - Exposure time 15 Seconds

Campylobacter jejuni ATCC 29428 - 99.999
Candida albicans ATCC 10231 99.99
Clostridium difficile C.diff ATCC 9689 - 99.9999
Enterococcus faecalis Vancomycin Resistant (VRE) ATCC 51575 -99.99
Escherichia coli - E.coli ATCC 11229 - 99.999
Escherichia coli - E.coli O157:H7 ATCC 35150 - 99.999
Klebsiella pneumoniae ATCC 4352 - 99.999
Listeria monocytogenes ATCC 19117 - 99.9
Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 15442 - 99.9999 Salmonella choleraesuis serotype enteritidis ATCC 4931 - 99.999
Salmonella choleraesuis serotype paratyphi ATCC 8759 - 99.999
Salmonella choleraesuis serotype pullorum ATCC 19945 - 99.999
Salmonella choleraesuis serotype typhimurium ATCC 23564 - 99.999
Salmonella typhi ATCC 6539 - 99.999
Shigella dysenteriae ATCC 13313 - 99.999
Shigella flexneri ATCC 12022 - 99.99
Shigella sonnei ATCC 25931 - 99.9999
Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 6538 - 99.9999
Staphylococcus aureus Methicillin Resistant - 99.99% of Germs ATCC 33592 - 99.9
Staphylococcus aureus Community Associated Methicillin Resistant CA-99.99% of Germs
    NARSA NRS 123, Genotype USA400 - 99.9
Staphylococcus epidermidis ATCC 12228 - 99.999
Streptococcus pneumonia ATCC 6305 - 99.999
Streptococcus pyogenes ATCC 19615 - 99.999
Vibrio cholera ATCC 11623 - 99.999
Xanthomonas axonopodis (Citrus Canker) ATCC 49118 - 99.99
Yersinia enterocolitica ATCC 23715 - 99.99

Our Non-Alcohol Hand Sanitizer
KILLS 99.99% of Germs, CA-99.99% of Germs & C.diff!

Plus all the other extremely dangerous bacteria that have "ESCAPED" Hospital, Nursing Homes and other long term institutions and now threaten us in places like Schools, Community Centers and Health Clubs!

These are NASTY bugs that have even earned the name "SUPER-BUGS"!  They have killed healthy normal people who didn't use a Hand Sanitizer!
We want EVERYONE to have and use our ALcohol FREE Hand sanitizer, so we've put it in three handy sized dispensers, Mini-Spray and Spray Pens and our Foaming Dispenser.  NOW, no one has an excuse not to carry one!

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