When You Can't Wash Your Hands, Try This

August 1, 2002

Frequent hand washing is extremely important to help prevent nosocomial infections; however, compliance can be a problem. Encourage all staff members who have contact with patients to carry a bottle of quick-drying gel hand disinfectant with them.

Frequent hand washing is extremelyimportant to help prevent nosocomialinfections; however, compliance can bea problem. Encourage all staff memberswho have contact with patients tocarry a bottle of quick-drying gel handdisinfectant with them. Of course, thegel is not a substitute for hand washing;both should be used to preventinfections.
- Gopi Rana-Mukkavilli, MD
  New York