Biocidal Hand Products

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Objective of the dissertation is to find effectiveness of an alcohol gel called Purell a biocidal product used for hand sanitization. Extensive research was undertaken to ascertain whether alcohol based gel, Purell is effective enough to kill the bacteria using proper hand washing techniques.


The number of hospitals using waterless alcohol hand sanitizer has doubled since 2001. These findings apply to nurses washing hands during routine patient-care activities on the general patient floor as well as to pre-op surgical preparation and post-op hand washing in the hospital operating recovery room. Hand hygiene is widely acknowledged as the single most important activity for reducing the spread of disease. (Boyce J M, Pittet D 2002) Hand washing is a simple habit that requires minimal training and no special equipment and is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick. Despite the proven health, benefits of hand washing many people do not practice this habit as often. Infectious diseases commonly spread through hand-to-hand contact as the common cold, flu and several gastrointestinal disorders such as infectious diarrhoea. (A A P, 2003)
Inadequate hand hygiene also contributes to food-related illnesses such as Salmonella and E.Coli infection. Hand washing is considered the most effective way of reducing cross infection and the number one way to prevent disease. (Boyce J M, 2001).Earlier people washed their hands with water, sand, animal products, sanitary wipes, bar, liquid, flake and foam soaps.The waterless hand sanitizer gels and sprays is the most recent development in hand washing products. ...
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