Appropriateness of the Healthcare Personnel Handwash Test in Assessing Efficacy of Consumer Handwashing Products

Authored by: Bruce H. Keswick , Kathy F. Wiandt , Ward L. Billhimer

Handbook of Topical Antimicrobials

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

Print ISBN: 9780824707880
eBook ISBN: 9780203909256
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The Healthcare Personnel Handwash Test (HCPHWT) was originally proposed to evaluate products specifically intended for use in healthcare settings [1] and has become the standard evaluation tool for consumer antimicrobial products. Consumers have many distinct and unique habits and practices that differ from those found in the healthcare setting. The purpose of this chapter is to discuss variables that can affect the performance of the test and its utility for evaluating handwashing products used by consumers.

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