70% alcohol hand rubs are an established alternative to soap and water when hand washing is impractical or impossible.
Published work confirms the effectiveness of hand rubs introduced into healthcare settings.1- 8
Alcohol based hand disinfectants are known to have antimicrobial activity against vegetative bacteria, mycobacteria and a variety of fungi due to their ability to denature microbial proteins. 70% alcohol solutions have proven the most effective also in virucidal action against a number of enveloped viruses including Influenza virus, HIV, Hepatitis B, Herpes simplex virus (HSV) and Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).9,10 This multi-microbiocidal activity led to the development of the alcohol hand hygiene products used widely today.
It is, however, important to ensure that the product you select is capable of performing the task effectively and is formulated to assist in achieving high levels of staff compliance and hand disinfection policies. The BS EN 1500 Standard tests the efficacy of hand rub products by simulating the practical conditions under which they are used and assesses their effectiveness compared to a reference product.
Guest Medical Alcohol Hand Rub has been demonstrated to conform to BS EN 1276 and BS EN 1500 Standards. (Testing performed by an independent UKAS accredited laboratory.)