Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


Hand washing

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 13 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:686

Rapid Response:

Danger of alcohol gel in the eyes

While the effectiveness of alcohol gel in infection control sems
proven, the expansion of dispenser use to all areas including at point of
patient contact is problematic. this is because the regular misdirection
of gel due to clogging of dispensers has led to incidents of gel being
splashed into the eyes of staff and patients. there seems little
recognition of this problem, and a lack of any planned strategy to avoid
incidents, which can be distressing and painful. The continuing increase,
and ill thought siting of dispensers can only increase the risk.
The solution to the problem is simple, and i will be making my suggestions
in a report. Meanwhile can anyone else break the silence on this subject?
Paul Miller BA Hons

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

22 March 2007
Paul Miller
North Devon District Hospital Barnstaple North Devon England