A reader of the Becker's Operating Room Clinical Quality & Infection Control E-Weekly contacted us with the following question. The answer to the question was provided by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.
Q: Is it acceptable to use non-alcohol-based sanitizer products for healthcare hand hygiene?
APIC: APIC follows CDC guidelines for hand hygiene which state that in healthcare settings, alcohol-based hand sanitizers should be used for hand hygiene.
A link to the guidelines may be found here: www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/rr/rr5116.pdf (pdf).
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