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Effect of Alcohol Hand Gels and Chlorhexidine Hand Wash in Removing Spores of Clostridium difficile (CD) from Hands.

Alcohol gels were found to be significantly less effective at removing Cl difficile spores from the hands of volunteers (1.68-1.94 log reduction) when compared to hand washing with chlorhexidine (2.46 log reduction, p<.009). However, there was a higher than expected reduction of spore counts following use of alcohol gels. Residual spores were readily transferred by handshake following alcohol gel use. Abstracts of the 2005 meeting of International Conference Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, LB-29.