New frontiers in hand hygiene

Of late I have been attending on the infectious diseases consult service, which accounts both for my infrequent posts and for the dry skin on my hands. Whenever I am on service during the winter, the combination of dry, cold air and hundreds of extra hand hygiene opportunities takes a toll on my hands.

So I enjoyed reading this piece about a plasma-based method for skin disinfection that is being developed in several research laboratories. It has been a long time since my college physics course, so I had to go back and review the definition and properties of “plasma” (the ionized gas, not the bodily fluid).


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