Fundamental Steps in Designing a Healthcare Personnel Handwash

Authored by: Daryl S. Paulson

Handbook of Topical Antimicrobials

Print publication date:  September  2002
Online publication date:  September  2002

Print ISBN: 9780824707880
eBook ISBN: 9780203909256
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9780203909256.ch16

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Abstract

The importance of effective antimicrobial handwashing has been known throughout the healthcare field for many years. Accurate and reliable determinations of the microbial populations residing on the hands are critical in evaluating the effectiveness of both handwash products and methods. Only when one is sure of reliable hand sampling methods can he or she attempt to assess the benefits of a personnel handwash product in terms of microbial reductions [1].

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