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Easy 3-step hand rub technique superior to 6-step technique: Study


Easy 3-step hand rub technique superior to 6-step technique: Study

New Delhi, Apr 16 (ANI): A shortened 15-second application time and an easy three-step technique for use of alcohol-based hand rub is as effective in reducing bacteria as the 30-second application and six-step technique recommended by World Health Organization(WHO), new research says. WHO recommends a six-step 'how to hand rub' technique for using alcohol-based hand rub.

However, adherence to all six steps is low and previous research indicates that a simplified three-step hand rub technique is superior to the six-step technique in terms of compliance and killing bacteria. In this research, 20 healthy volunteers (aged 18 to 51 years) were randomly assigned to rub their hands by following four different techniques - the six-step hand hygiene technique for 30 seconds; the six-step hand hygiene technique for 15 seconds; the three-step hand hygiene technique for 30 seconds; and the three-step hand hygiene technique for 15 seconds.

Results showed that a shorter application time of 15-second

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