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P109: Evaluation of the tolerability and acceptability of alcohol-based hand rub for hand hygiene at Fann Hospital

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Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control20132 (Suppl 1) :P109

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  • Health Care
  • Infectious Disease
  • Direct Contact
  • Skin Lesion
  • Daily Basis


The use of alcohol-based hand rubis an indirect marker of the effective implementation of hand hygiene. Caregivers are in direct contact with patients on a daily basis and use thealcohol-based hand rub during health care. Discomforts of use of this product seem to be reported by some practitioners.


That is why we are interested in evaluating the tolerability and acceptability of the product at Fann Hospital in the exposed workers.


Among caregivers, 40 using the alcohol-based hand rubfor hand hygiene routine for at least 30 days were subjected to a questionnaire. Approximately 10 minutes were necessary to complete the questionnaire. A subjective assessment by the participant on risk factors for skin lesions, product acceptability and tolerance was thus achieved through the questionnaire.


Nodermalaggressionwas reported byinterviewed caregivers.Only 5of the 40caregiversexposedreportedunpleasant odorof alcohol-based hand rub. All caregiversinterviewed reportedeasy useof the alcohol-based hand rub.


Alcohol-based hand rubsare acceptable andwell toleratedby practitionersduringnormal use.However, therevision of theWHOformulafor making theproductshould be consideredin the context ofinternational conferences toimprove the smellof the product, a factor limiting its use.

Disclosure of interest

None declared

Authors’ Affiliations

Fann Hospital, Dakar, Senegal


© Djiby et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2013

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