Hand hygiene and skin damage

Hand hygiene and skin damage: Eliminating the concept that alcohol-based handrubs are more damaging than handwashing

Hand hygiene is one of the most important measures to prevent the spread and acquisition of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Hand hygiene is a critical component to infection control programs and considered a standard of care by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization. This article will dispel this concept by summarizing the scientific studies that have demonstrated the effects of hand hygiene regimens on skin conditioning.

  • Advantages of ABHRs
  • Effects of Handwashing on Skin Condition
  • Comparison of ABHRs and Handwashing on Skin Condition