Safety and efficacy of alcohol-based handrub

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Intravenous literature: Infection Control Today report “Professionals promoting hand hygiene (HH) with multimodal strategies featuring the introduction of alcohol-based handrub (ABHR) are confronted by a common set of impeding opinions regarding the indications, safety and efficacy of ABHR. Some of these could be referred to as HH myths.

Researchers from the University of Geneva Hospitals in Geneva, Switzerland undertook a review of the literature to assess the currently available evidence regarding five common barriers to the successful implementation ABHR: poor HH before patient contact; the risk of systemic absorption of alcohol; adverse dermatologic effects; risk of Clostridium difficile disease; and ABHR as a fire hazard.”

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