To wash or not to wash?
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To wash or not to wash?

Paul Elliott Staff nurse, In the emergency admissions unit, Burton General Hospital, Burton-on-Trent

Handwashing is one of the most important methods of infection control. But, as Paul Elliott discovered, teaching is far from satisfactory

It has long been known, and in a large number of studies stated, that the hands provide the greatest risk of cross infection between carer, colleague and client (1,2,3).

Nursing Standard. 3, 36, 20-23. doi: 10.7748/ns.3.36.20.s33

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