Using Alcohol To Disinfect Healthcare Surfaces

Using alcohol to disinfect healthcare surfaces 

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 Alcohol is often the poor cousin when it comes to articles written about disinfectants used in healthcare. Bleach, (sodium hypochlorite), quaternary ammonium compounds and more recently hydrogen peroxide, peracetic acid and UV technology feature largely in the research literature. However, alcohol as a disinfectant is extremely common in healthcare facilities and is commonly used alongside other cleaning and disinfectant agents. So it was refreshing to read an article by John M Boyce, a renowned infection prevention and control expert, who presented an overview of using alcohol products to disinfect healthcare surfaces (Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology 2018; 1 6.)

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