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Volume 7, Number 2—April 2001
4th Decennial International Conference on Nosocomial and Healthcare-Associated Infections

Prevention is Primary

Antiseptic Technology: Access, Affordability, and Acceptance

John M. BoyceComments to Author 
Author affiliation: Hospital of St. Raphael, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

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Table 2

Relative cost per liter of hand hygiene products

Product category Relative cost
Nonmedicated liquid soap 1.0a
2% chlorhexidine gluconate detergent 1.7
Alcohol-based hand gel 
 A 2.1
Alcohol hand rinse
 B 1.8
Alcohol foam
 B 4.7

aNonmedicated liquid soap was arbitrarily assigned a relative cost of 1.0.

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