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Alcohol Kicks Soap's Butt

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 12/18/09 (9:04am)

Not sure how I got on Ebsco's Nursing Reference Center newsletter list but this nugget in their latest about "Hand Hygiene" caught my eye:

whiskey.jpg ... We learned that using soap and water may have been a "best practice," but that it wasn't an evidence-based solution to curtailing the spread of microorganisms....

Using alcohol-based hand rubs is far more effective than hand washing for removing bacteria, viruses, fungi, and multiple drug resistant microorganisms from the skin. Moreover, alcohol-based products can be used anywhere by dispenser, eliminating the need for water and a mechanism for drying hands.

What's more, it tastes better!