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Modified World Health Organization hand rub formulations comply with European efficacy requirements for preoperative surgical hand preparations

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Suchomel, Miranda
Kundi, Michael
Rotter, Manfred L
Published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 2013, vol. 34, no. 3, p. 245-50
Abstract The World Health Organization (WHO) has published "Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care" recommending 2 hand rub formulations based on 80% vol/vol ethanol or 75% vol/vol isopropanol for local production in healthcare settings where commercial products are not available or are too expensive. Previous investigations have shown that neither formulation meets the efficacy requirements of European norm (EN) 12791, which is the most stringent available norm for surgical hand rub preparations. Even when modified with approximately 5% higher alcohol content, the formulations proved to be inferior to the reference of the norm when measured after 3 hours.
Keywords 2-PropanolAnalysis of VarianceAnti-Infective Agents, Local/chemistry/standardsEthanolEuropeGlycerolGuidelines as TopicHand/microbiologyHand Disinfection/methods/standardsHumansHydrogen PeroxideInfection ControlSurgical Procedures, OperativeTime FactorsWorld Health Organization
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Research group Staphylocoques dorés résistants à la méthicilline et hygiène hospitalière (330)
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SUCHOMEL, Miranda et al. Modified World Health Organization hand rub formulations comply with European efficacy requirements for preoperative surgical hand preparations. In: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 2013, vol. 34, n° 3, p. 245-50. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:37246

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