Waterless Hand Scrubs Equally Effective, More Time Efficient Than Traditional Hand Scrubs

Waterless hand scrubs may be equally as effective as traditional hand scrub formulations, according to research published in the American Journal of Infection Control.

For their study, researchers 100 operating room staff members were randomly assigned to use either a waterless scrub (containing 1 percent chlorhexidine gluconate) or traditional scrubs for two days. Researchers measured scrub times and amount of microorganisms after use.


Researchers found 1-9 colony-forming units and 1-5 colony-forming units on seven waterless scrub samples and seven traditional scrub samples. They concluded this difference was not statistically significant.

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