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May 8th: Hand Wiping is inferior to hand rubbing with alcohol solution

In a study of 20 healthy volunteers, hand wiping with or without an alcohol-based solution was found inferior to hand rubbing with an alcohol-based solution in reducing microbial contmaination on hands. The authors concluded that this finding warrants a note of caution for the application of wipes in health care. The study can be found at: Ory J, Zingg W, de Kraker ME, Soule H, Pittet D. Wiping is inferior to rubbing: a note of caution for hand hygiene with alcohol-based solutions. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. 2018 Mar;39(3):332-5.