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

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Re: Danger of alcohol gel in the eyes

I've seen the drying phenomenon causing the clogging phenomenon, but
not generally.

You need to be product specific when making such a claim, lest the
reader gets the impression that you are claiming all alcohol hand
decontamination products are the same. Would you say that all sunscreen
lotions are the same? High use rates of the hand gel should reduce the
drying/clogging problem. Generally. And we are supposed to be using them.

The brand in use where I work, though not my preferred brand, is
called Microsheild, by Johnson and Johnson[500 ml]. I can't think of a
single instance of clogging after several years using the product. The
main, and more important problem from my point of view, is that of getting
the empty containers replaced on time. The wall mounted dispensing station
may need to have an unopened “backup” container at point of use. In a
similar way to the extra pack of plastic covers we have with electronic
ear thermometers.

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23 March 2007
Phillip J. Colquitt
Independent Comment