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J Hosp Infect. 1987 Jan;9(1):30-3.

The effect of handcream on the antibacterial activity of chlorhexidine gluconate.


A series of handwashing experiments compared the residual effect on Escherichia coli of non-medicated soap, chlorhexidine detergent followed by an anionic handcream, chlorhexidine detergent followed by a non-ionic handcream and chlorhexidine detergent alone. Handcreams containing an anionic emulsifying agent reduced the antibacterial effect of chlorhexidine.

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