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Alcohol-based hand rubs have their place but aren’t usually needed if you’re washing your hands with soap and water. Boris Bulychev/Shutterstock

Health Check: should we be using alcohol-based hand sanitisers?

They're everywhere in hospitals, travellers' backpacks and the aisles of pharmacies in winter, but do we really need to use alcohol-based hand sanitisers?
Antibacterial products cost more and might contribute to bacterial resistance. Image from shutterstock.com

Health Check: should I use antibacterial hand sanitisers?

I should start by saying that an important part of my job is encouraging hospital staff to clean their hands. The World Health Organisation has a global patient safety campaign reminding us that Clean…

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