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Topic: Environmental
Publication Type: Safety Information
Single or Multiple Incident: multiple
Date: 6/1/2007 12:00:00 AM
Country: Australia
Organization: New South Wales Department of Health (Australia)

This Safety Information concerns patient safety incidents involving alcohol based hand sanitizer and the potential for fires in the healthcare environment. The risk of ignition is extremely low compared with the risk to patient safety of healthcare workers with contaminated hands. This alert includes actions to reduce risk.



Alcohol-Based Hand Cleansers and Fire