Acceptability and tolerability of liquid versus gel and standard versus virucidal alcohol-based hand rub formulations among dental students

Fritz Stauffer, Marion Griess, Gabriele Pleininger, Anara Zhumadilova, Ojan Assadian

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    Abstract

    Background Hand hygiene is effective to prevent the transmission of microorganisms in health care settings, but compliance remains low, even when easy access to hand cleaning agents is provided. Objective Formulation of alcohol-based hand rub (ABHRs) may influence staff compliance to hand hygiene. The aim of this prospective longitudinal study (1 week) was to investigate possible differences of 4 different gel or liquid ABHR formulations, with or without virucidal claim among dental students. Methods Participants were randomly assigned to dental treatment cubicles, equipped with either a gel or a liquid based ABHRs, with our without a virucidal claim. Participants assessed the subjective acceptability and the tolerability of test formulations on their hands over a period of 1 week using the 14 item, 7-point Lickert scale World Health Organization questionnaire. Results All tested ABHRs passed the subjective acceptability criteria of ≥50% above 4 for the items "color and fragrance" and for all other items of >75% above 4 and may be regarded as "good." Significant differences were observed between the 2 gels but not between the 2 liquid ABHRs. For subjective skin tolerability, no significant difference was observed between the liquid formulations after 1 consecutive week of application. However, the difference between the 2 gels was highly significant. Conclusion Virucidal ABHR formulations may be better accepted and tolerated over prolonged periods by dental students than anticipated. The user acceptability of ABHRs depend more on the specific product's formula than its general category.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1007-1011
    Number of pages5
    JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
    Volume41
    Issue number11
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

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    Dental Students
    Hand
    Gels
    Alcohols
    Hand Hygiene
    Compliance
    Longitudinal Studies
    Tooth
    Color
    Prospective Studies
    Delivery of Health Care
    Skin

    Keywords

    • Comparison
    • Compliance
    • Dentistry
    • Epidemiology
    • Hand hygiene
    • WHO

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Infectious Diseases
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Epidemiology
    • Health Policy

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    Acceptability and tolerability of liquid versus gel and standard versus virucidal alcohol-based hand rub formulations among dental students. / Stauffer, Fritz; Griess, Marion; Pleininger, Gabriele; Zhumadilova, Anara; Assadian, Ojan.

    In: American Journal of Infection Control, Vol. 41, No. 11, 11.2013, p. 1007-1011.

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