Danger of alcohol gel in the stomach
With regard to Paul Miller's rapid response to an eight-year-old article on handwashing, I'd advise him to perform a more comprehensive search of his topic. Several hospitals have removed wall-mounted alcohol hand rub, not because of the possibility of it squirting into someone's eye, but because patients (and occasionally visitors) have a tendency to drink it. Drinking isopropyl alcohol is unadvisable.
The trend is towards portable, personal bottles of alcohol gel. These incorporate a spray head dispenser to prevent contamination of the nozzle-end, thus eliminating the squirting-into-the-eye problem Paul describes.
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