Hand hygiene and skin irritation

Healthcare professionals should use alcohol-based products for hand hygiene to avoid skin irritation, researchers advise

A review by academics in Spain found that although hand hygiene products are essential for infection control, soaps and detergents are the leading cause of irritant contact dermatitis in healthcare personnel. Instead, alcohol-based products should be preferred because they cause far less irritation and kill more bacteria. However, the researchers warn that compliance remains low.
Batalla A, Garcia-Doval C, de la Torre C. Actas Dermosifiliogr 2012; 103: 192-7
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