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Ozonated water is inferior to propanol-based hand rubs for disinfecting hands

Appelgrein, C., Hosgood, G., Dunn, A.L. and Schaaf, O. (2016) Ozonated water is inferior to propanol-based hand rubs for disinfecting hands. Journal of Hospital Infection, 92 (4). pp. 340-343.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2015.08.029
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Abstract

Ozone is a strong oxidizing biocide that has broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties. The aim of the study was to compare the efficacy of ozone to a propanol-based hand rub for hand disinfection. Twenty subjects were enrolled in an in-vivo cross-over trial (prEN 12791). Subjects treated their hands with the reference procedure (propan-1-ol 60%) or with ozone (4 ppm). Post-wash bacterial counts were determined from one hand (immediate effect), and from the other hand that had been gloved for 3 h (delayed effect). The investigation indicated that ozone is inferior to propan-1-ol 60% hand rub for hand asepsis.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: W.B. Saunders Ltd
Copyright: © 2016 Elsevier B.V.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/31128
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