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The effectiveness of alcohol-based gel for hand sanitising in infection control

The effectiveness of alcohol-based gel for hand sanitising in infection control

Munoz-Figueroa, Gloria Patricia and Ojo, Omorogieva ORCID: 0000-0003-0071-3652 (2018) The effectiveness of alcohol-based gel for hand sanitising in infection control. British Journal of Nursing, 27 (7). pp. 382-388. ISSN 0966-0461 (doi:

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This article aims to evaluate the evidence relating to the effectiveness of alcohol-based gel in infection control in healthcare settings with particular reference to renal nursing, as this has become pertinent due to the increasing reliance on evidence-based practice. There is a need to implement better infection control strategies and education, to reinforce knowledge among the public, healthcare workers and those at high risk of infection not only in renal nursing, but in other areas of practice. Healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) put patients’ safety at risk, increase morbidity, mortality, extend the length of hospital admission and increase the cost to the National Health Service (NHS). There is evidence that the prevalence of HCAIs in England can be minimised through the use of different infection control measures. For example, alcohol-based gel has been found to be associated with minimising the spread of gastrointestinal infections not only in hospital settings, but also in child care centres. In addition, the UK national guidelines recommend regular hand washing (implementing the right technique) when hands are visibly dirty and hand disinfection with alcohol-based gel when hands are not visibly dirty. This should be before, in between and after different healthcare activities are performed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Infection control, Alcohol-based gel/handrub, Handwashing technique, Healthcare-associated infections, MRSA
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Adult Nursing & Paramedic Science
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Health & Society Research Group
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2018 00:38
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
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