Kamis, 26 Agustus 2010

Alcohol hand rubs in the workplace: A Randomized Trial

Just a quick post because I've got to get the kids to bed.  Researchers in Germany randomized 134 administrative employees at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University Greifswald to alcohol hand rub or nothing (n=67 in each group).  Subjects were to use >3ml of hand rub at least 5x/day especially after using the bathroom, blowing their nose, before eating and after contact with an ill person. The study lasted from March 2005 to April 2006.  People who used hand disinfects prior to the study were excluded.  They found significant reductions in common cold symptoms, fever, cough, and fewer days of illness with each symptom. A thing to note is that 111 of the 134 subjects were female, although it is hard to figure how this would hurt the generalizability. Alright, story time...

BMC Infectious Disease article by Hubner et al.

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