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Alcohol-based hand sanitisers: a warning to mitigate future poisonings and deaths

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  • Correction notice Thia article has been corrected since it appeared Online First. In the second paragraph, 61% has been corrected to "157% increase in alcohol-based hand sanitiser poisonings from alcohol-based hand sanitisers reported to the National Poisons Information Service (NPIS)". Figure 1 caption of the same percentage has been updated from 61% to 157%.

  • Contributors GCR devised the idea for this article, identified the coroners’ reports, conducted a systematic literature search, submitted two freedom of information requests, analysed the data on calls to poisons centres, and wrote, edited and submitted the manuscript.

  • Funding The author has not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Disclaimer The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily reflect those of the NHS, the NIHR, or the Department of Health and Social Care.

  • Competing interests GCR is financially supported by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) School for Primary Care Research (SPCR), the Naji Foundation and the Rotary Foundation to study for a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil/PhD) at the University of Oxford. GCR is the Editorial Registrar of BMJ Evidence Based Medicine and is developing the website.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required. The coroner reports discussed in this article are openly available at

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