Recommendations and requirements for soap and hand rub dispensers in healthcare facilities

Ojan Assadian, Axel Kramer, Bärbel Christiansen, Martin Exner, Heike Martiny, Arno Sorger, Miranda Suchomel, Section Clinical Antisepsis Of The German Society For Hospital Hygiene (DGKH) & Disinfection Assessment Board Of The Austrian Society For Hygiene, Microbiology And Preventive Medicine (ÖGHMP)
Hand hygiene is one of the most important measures to prevent transmission of infectious agents and plays a major role in prevention of infection in any type of healthcare setting. While requirements for the efficacy of hand disinfectants are defined in European testing norms such as the EN 1500 for hygienic hand disinfection or EN 12791 for surgical hand preparation, no specific recommendations for hand rub dispensers and liquid soap dispensers have been given yet....