Priority 14 from the Healthcare Associated Infections Project

UNCERTAINTY: How effective is alcohol gel in preventing HCAI? (Priority 14)
Overall ranking 14
JLA question ID 0088/14
Explanatory note Use of alcohol gel in NHS hospitals is almost universal. However, alcohol gel is not effective against certain bacteria. It may give a false sense of security and may decrease the importance given to other methods of infection prevention such as handwashing or development of alternate effective solutions. Knowing how effective alcohol gel will help in identifying whether there is a need to develop new  interventions and use additional measures to prevent the spread of HCAI.

None identified

Health Research Classification System category Infection
Extra information provided by this project
Original uncertainty examples Is the effectiveness of alcohol gel proven to be the best way to decrease bacteria?
Submitted by  1 x Healthcare Professional
Project information
Project unique ID 0088
Project name Healthcare Associated Infections
Total number of uncertainties identified by this project. 259  (To see a full list of all uncertainties identified, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
Date of priority setting workshop 28 February 2019