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Indian Journal of Microbiology Research

A comparative study of an in-house handrub solution against a commercial handrub solution

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Author Details: Anup Kumar Shetty, Niharika Shetty, Nisha Johnny, Prathyusha Kambal

Volume : 3

Issue : 2

Online ISSN : 2394-5478

Print ISSN : 2394-546X

Article First Page : 84

Article End Page : 88


Proper hand hygiene is the single most important, least expensive means of reducing infections. Alcohol based handrub have been proven to be the most effective method of hand hygiene. This study aims at testing efficacy of an in-house handrub solution and compares it with a commercial handrub solution. The sample size was 80 which included healthcare personnel. One half of the group was provided with commercial handrub and the other half with in-house handrub solution. The in-house handrub solution was prepared as per World Health Organization formula. Hand swabs were collected from participants before and after hand hygiene. The colony counts were later compared to look for the percentage of reduction in colony count. The overall reduction in the bacterial growth after using handrub solution compared to bacterial growth before using handrub solution ranged from 30.15% - 100% for commercial handrub & 33.91% - 100% for in-house handrub solution. The efficacy of in-house handrub is comparable to commercial handrub, significantly cheaper, practical and an effective alternative to commercial handrub solution.

Key words:
Handrub, In-house, Commercial, Comparison, Hand hygiene