5.3 Hand hygiene

5.3.1 Hand rubs

Alcohol Hand Rubbing vs Washing

  • Standard recommendations: alcohol-based handrubs or handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • When hands are visibly dirty: handwashing with soap and water
  • When hands are not visibly dirty: alcohol-based handrubs is a preferred method as it demonstrated better antiseptic efficacy. It is also easier to be used at the point of care and is minimally time-consuming, resulting in better compliance.

* Use of gloves do not constitute part of hand hygiene. Proper hand hygiene should still be performed before and after wearing gloves. It is not recommended to use alcohol-based handrubs whilst gloves are on hands. 

Ethanol vs Isopropyl Alcohol

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