Scientific article

Limited efficacy of alcohol-based hand gels

Published inLancet, vol. 359, no. 9316, p. 1489-1490
Publication date2002

Alcohol-based gels have been introduced recently in many hospitals worldwide for hand antisepsis. We investigated the antimicrobial efficacy of ten gels and four rinses according to European standards (EN 1500). No gel met the EN 1500 requirements within 30 s of application, whereas all hand rinses did. The tested hand gels should be considered a retrograde step for hand hygiene because the application time in clinical practice is often shorter than 30 s; they should not replace alcohol-based liquid hand disinfectants currently used in hospitals or be implemented as first choice agents.

  • Alcohols/ pharmacology
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents/ pharmacology
  • Escherichia coli/ drug effects
  • Ethanol/pharmacology
  • Gels/pharmacology
  • Handwashing/methods
  • Humans
  • Skin/ drug effects/microbiology
  • Treatment Outcome
Citation (ISO format)
KRAMER, Axel et al. Limited efficacy of alcohol-based hand gels. In: Lancet, 2002, vol. 359, n° 9316, p. 1489–1490. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(02)08426-X
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ISSN of the journal0140-6736

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