On the hands of patients withClostridium difficile: A study of spore prevalence and the effect of hand hygiene onC difficileremoval

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Abstract

The prevalence of Clostridium difficile spores was assessed in 48 observations of infected inpatients. Participants were randomized to hand hygiene with either alcohol-based handrub or soap and water. C difficile was recovered in 14.6% of pre-hand hygiene observations. It was still present on 5 of these 7 participants after hand hygiene (3/3 using alcohol-based handrub; 2/4 using soap and water).

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