Novel handwashes are superior to soap and water in removal of Clostridium difficile spores from the hands

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Abstract

We examined the efficacy of 5 experimental handwash formulations in removing nontoxigenic Clostridium difficile spores from the hands of health care workers. Handwashing with sand resulted in an additional 0.5-log reduction in spore recovery compared with the current standard of soap and water.

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