Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, December 18th, 2005
Scientists in the United States conducted a study "to assess quantitatively the clinical impact of using an alcohol-based handrub (ABHR) in the hospital environment, measuring impact as the incidence of new, nosocomial isolates of drug-resistant organisms. The design was an observational survey from 1998 to 2003 comparing the first three years of no ABHR use with the three years following, when an ABHR was provided for hand hygiene at an inner-city, tertiary-care medical center. At baseline, an antimicrobial soap with 0.3% triclosan was provided for staff hand...
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