To the Editor: The association between poor hand hygiene of health care workers and nosocomial infection is well established.1 The National Hand Hygiene Initiative2 has been established to improve hand hygiene among health care workers, and the use of ethanol- or isopropanol-based hand sanitisers has been widely adopted in the hospital settin
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Consumption of alcohol-based hand sanitisers by hospital inpatients
Lachlan M Batty, Anna J Brischetto, Ajay C Kevat and Michael J Oldmeadow
Med J Aust 2011; 194 (12): 664.
Lachlan M Batty, Intern
Anna J Brischetto, Medical Registrar
Ajay C Kevat, Intern
Michael J Oldmeadow, Director of Physician Training
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Weiner SG. Changing dispensers may prevent intoxication from isopropanol and ethyl alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Ann Emerg Med 2007; 50: 486.
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