Bacterial infections: antibiotics and decontamination
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Bacterial infections: antibiotics and decontamination

Dinah Gould Professor in Applied Biology, St Bartholomew School of Nursing and Midwifery, City University, London

Infectious disease is caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa and micro-organisms including the mycoplasmas, rickettsiae and chlamydiae. Most of the infections commonly encountered in the UK are caused either by bacteria or viruses. This article describes bacterial structure and function to explain how antibiotics work and the processes of decontamination such as cleaning, disinfection and sterilisation, which are important in infection control.

Nursing Standard. 18, 40, 38-42. doi: 10.7748/ns2004.


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