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Evid Based Nurs 6:55 doi:10.1136/ebn.6.2.55
  • Quality improvement

Handrubbing with an aqueous alcohol solution was as effective as handscrubbing with antiseptic soap for preventing surgical site infections

Handrubbing with aqueous alcohol solution v handscrubbing with antiseptic soap during routine surgical care*

Outcome at 30 days Handrubbing Handscrubbing RRR (95% CI) NNT (CI)
*Abbreviations defined in glossary; RRR and CI calculated from data in article.
Surgical site infection 2.44% 2.48% 1.6% (−43 to 32) Not significant

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