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Public Health Benefits of Hand Sanitizers

The public health benefits of hand sanitizer products are well established.  References to just a few of many published studies and research papers are listed below:

  • Hammond, B., Y. Ali, E. Fendler, M. Dolan, and S. Donovan. 2000. Effect of hand sanitizer use on elementary school absenteeism.      Am J Infect Control 28:340-6.
  • Hilburn, J., B. S. Hammond, E. J. Fendler, and P. A. Groziak. 2003. Use of alcohol hand sanitizer as an infection control strategy in an acute care facility. Am J Infect Control 31:109-16.
  • Kovach, Thomas, 2003: Choosing an Alcohol Hand Sanitizer - Expand Hand Wash Compliance Levels By Breaking the Chain of Infection. Infection Control Today, June 2003.
  • Lee, G. M., J. A. Salomon, J. F. Friedman, P. L. Hibberd, D. Ross-Degnan, E. Zasloff, S. Bediako, and D. S. Goldmann. 2005. Illness Transmission in the Home: A Possible Role for Alcohol-Based Hand Gels. Pediatrics 115:852-60.
  • Picheansathian, E. 2004. A systematic review on the effectiveness of alcohol-based solutions for hand hygiene.Intl J. Nursing Practice, 10(1): 3-9

    [Summary: "Alcohol-based hand rubbing removes microorganisms effectively, requires less time and irritates hands less often than does handwashing with soap or other antiseptic agents and water. Furthermore, the availability of bedside alcohol-based solutions increases compliance with hand hygiene among health care workers."]
  • Sandora, T. J., E. M. Taveras, M. C. Shih, E. A. Resnick, G. M. Lee, D. Ross-Degnan, and D. A. Goldmann. 2005. A randomized, controlled trial of a multifaceted intervention including alcohol-based hand sanitizer and hand-hygiene education to reduce illness transmission in the home. Pediatrics 116:587-94.
  • Van Camp, R. O., and H. J. Ortega. 2007. Hand sanitizer and rates of acute illness in military aviation personnel. Aviat Space Environ Med 78:140-2.
  • White, C., R. Kolble, R. Carlson, N. Lipson, M. Dolan, Y. Ali, and M. Cline. 2003. The effect of hand hygiene on illness rate among students in university residence halls. Am J Infect Control 31:364-70.
  • Winston, L. G., S. C. Felt, W. H. Huang, and H. F. Chambers, 3rd. 2004. Introduction of a waterless hand gel was associated with a reduced rate of ventilator-associated pneumonia in a surgical intensive care unit. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 25:1015-6.