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Hand Hygiene - Alcohol-based Hand Products

Do we have to use alcohol-based hand products?

Any examples are for illustrative purposes only.

Accredited organizations are required to provide health care workers with a readily accessible alcohol-based hand product. However, use of such a product by any individual health care worker is not required. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization hand hygiene guidelines describe when this type of cleaner may be used instead of soap and water. If a healthcare worker chooses not to use it, then soap and water should be used instead.
Manual: Hospital and Hospital Clinics
Chapter: National Patient Safety Goals NPSG
First published date: April 11, 2016 This Standards FAQ was first published on this date.
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