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Importance of handwashing in the prevention of cross-infection.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)
Publication Date
Volume
8
Issue
11
Pages
716–720
Identifiers
PMID: 10624207
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Although the importance of handwashing is routinely acknowledged, a religious application of this practice still does not exist. Discussion in modern medicine on the subject of handwashing always states that it is the single most important factor in preventing hospital-acquired infection. This article continues the series on infection control and practical procedures by looking at the evidence that supports the above statement and discusses various handwashing methods and how to increase compliance to handwashing in the healthcare setting.

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