Thousands of people die every day around the world from infections acquired while receiving health care. Hands are the main pathways of germ transmission during health care.
Alcohol-based disinfectants kill microorganisms more effectively than ordinary or antibacterial soap and water.
Alcohol-based disinfectants provide for a rapid kill of most transient microorganisms due to their ability to denature proteins. The efficacy of the ABHR depends on the quality of the product, the amount used, the time spent rubbing and the hand surface rubbed.
Hand hygiene with ABHR does not need sinks, water, or towels—hands are air-dried.