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Use of ethanol-based hand disinfectants: Source of increased ethyl glucuronide levels in hair?


Scholz, Clementine; Baumgartner, Markus R; Madry, Milena M (2021). Use of ethanol-based hand disinfectants: Source of increased ethyl glucuronide levels in hair? Alcohol and Alcoholism, 56(1):38-41.

Abstract

Aim: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic increasing the use of hand disinfectants, we investigated the effect of frequent use of ethanol-based hand disinfectants (EBHD) on the levels of the alcohol marker ethyl glucuronide (EtG) in hair.
Method: Hair samples were collected from 10 health professionals (8 nondrinkers, 2 rarely drinking individuals) and EtG was examined in hair.
Result: EtG (~2 pg/mg) was only detected in the hair sample of a nondrinker using EBHD 60–70 times per working day.
Conclusion: Our data provide no evidence that frequent EBHD use results in hair EtG levels above the recommended Society of Hair Testing cutoff for repeated alcohol consumption (5 pg/mg).

Abstract

Aim: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic increasing the use of hand disinfectants, we investigated the effect of frequent use of ethanol-based hand disinfectants (EBHD) on the levels of the alcohol marker ethyl glucuronide (EtG) in hair.
Method: Hair samples were collected from 10 health professionals (8 nondrinkers, 2 rarely drinking individuals) and EtG was examined in hair.
Result: EtG (~2 pg/mg) was only detected in the hair sample of a nondrinker using EBHD 60–70 times per working day.
Conclusion: Our data provide no evidence that frequent EBHD use results in hair EtG levels above the recommended Society of Hair Testing cutoff for repeated alcohol consumption (5 pg/mg).

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Legal Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:340 Law
610 Medicine & health
510 Mathematics
Uncontrolled Keywords:General Medicine
Language:English
Date:January 2021
Deposited On:28 Sep 2020 09:00
Last Modified:04 Mar 2021 08:39
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0735-0414
OA Status:Closed
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/alcalc/agaa091
PubMed ID:32960282

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