Friday, October 02, 2009


No soap and water for removing the swine flu virus from your hands? No worries, an alcohol-based disinfectant gel will kill the little critters. Just be careful:
A nurse at an eldercare home in Norrbotten in northern Sweden was left with burns to her left hand as residual traces of an alcohol-based hand disinfectant caught fire while pushing a trolley.
The gels are also great for fire fun:
Two teens playing with alcohol-based hand sanitizer inadvertently burned down a school in Södertälje, south of Stockholm.
But can make driving difficult:
Bus service in Östersund in northern Sweden has been disrupted due to an increased in the number of drivers using alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

As it turns out, the vapors from hands recently disinfected by the get are triggering built-in ignition locks designed to combat drunken driving.
And yes, it is drinkable:
A Dorset prison has removed anti-bacterial hand gel pumps, which contain alcohol, after an inmate reportedly got drunk on them.

In March, Royal Bournemouth Hospital said it was one of many hospitals removing alcohol-based hand cleaning gel from reception areas in a bid to stop visitors drinking it.
Drink it and your breath will have that clean hospital smell. Then again, if you're drinking hand gel the smell of your breath is the least of your worries.


Anonymous Dan Lewis said...

Alcohol burns have long been a problem in hospital operating theatres, where cauterising (sp?) gear would ignite a patient, however the flames were largely invisible.

Mmm.... Barbecue.

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm guessing he's at least an expert on sly alcohol

8:45 PM  

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