Alcohols

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.ch7

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Abstract

Alcohols have become ever more accepted as the primary skin antiseptic for healthcare personnel hand sanitizer applications in both North America and Europe [1,2]. Additionally, alcohol-based “hand sanitizers” are well accepted for use in degerming the hands of food servers/handlers and consumers at large [3]. Use of alcohols for sanitation is not new, and those containing 60–70% ethanol or isopropanol have been used for years as hand antiseptics in both the medical and food-handling environments.

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