To the Editor: Alcohol-based hand sanitizers containing 60% to 95% ethanol or isopropanol are ubiquitous in the health care setting. These preparations prevent pathogen transmission more effectively than hand washing. As such, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations endorse use of these agents to decontaminate hands that are not visibly soiled.
2Nevertheless, the presence of these agents in hospitals may create some hazards. Herein, we report a case of ingestion of ethanol-based hand sanitizer in a patient with alcoholism who was hospitalized for isopropanol intoxication.
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