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Efficacy of Alcohol Gel for Removal of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus from Hands of Colonized Patients

  • Venkata Sunkesula (a1) (a2), Sirisha Kundrapu (a1), David R. Macinga (a3) (a4) and Curtis J. Donskey (a1) (a5)


Of 82 patients with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) colonization, 67 (82%) had positive hand cultures for MRSA. A single application of alcohol gel (2 mL) consistently reduced the burden of MRSA on hands. However, incomplete removal of MRSA was common, particularly in those with a high baseline level of recovery.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2014;00(0):1–3


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Address correspondence to Curtis J. Donskey, MD, Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 10701 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (


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