Efficient washing and drying of hands is important in prevention of the transfer of micro-organisms. However, knowledge surrounding the potential for microbial contamination according to hand-drying methods is limited. This study assessed the potential for airborne microbe dispersal during hand drying by four methods (paper towels, roller towel, warm air and jet air dryer) using three different models. The jet air dryer dispersed liquid from users' hands further and over a greater range (up to 1.5m) than the other drying methods (up to 0.75m), demonstrating the differing potential risks for airborne microbe dissemination, particularly if handwashing is suboptimal.
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Published online: December 17, 2014
Accepted: November 19, 2014
Received: February 24, 2014
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