DeVries says alcohol-based hand sanitizers
are very effective at cleaning the hands in most situations.
You've asked about alcohol-based hand sanitizers
, and since it's widely agreed that formulations with an alcohol content of 60 percent or higher are the most effective, these are the ones we'll be referring to in our answer.
In 2002, however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published Guideline for Hand Hygiene in HealthCare Settings, which included several new evidence-based practices such as an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
to replace traditional hand washing for all patient contacts except if hands are visibly soiled.3
If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
. The CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting contaminated surfaces with disinfectants.
Recommendations from the CDC include a hand hygiene regimen of washing hands with soap and water and, when soap and water is not available, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
with at least 60% alcohol.
Assessing the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer
in a hospital lobby.
Best advice: Avoid WC surfaces, and don't wash your hands in the water; use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
"If I wanted to clean my hands fast, I would use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
," Larson says.
* Protect yourself from viral illnesses the old-fashioned way, by staying away from people with colds and flu, and washing your hands or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer
He admits drinking an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
foaming solution, an empty bottle of which is found in his room.
"Making sure that an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
is available is really key.