Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, May 21st, 2002
Hand hygiene among health care workers is a major priority to prevent the spread of infection in hospitals. Soap and water (used in the U.S.) and alcohol-based hand rub (commonly used in Europe) are the main methods for hand hygiene; hand rub is thought to be more effective as it causes less skin irritation, is quicker to administer, and can be used at the bedside. Gel formulations of alcohol-based hand rub have...
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