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Jean Kerr Community Infection Control Adviser, Lanarkshire Healthcare NHS Trust

This article discusses the procedure and the skills that are required to perform handwashing effectively and outlines the importance of this procedure in relation to infection control. This article is the first of three subjects relating to the principles and practice of infection control

Aims and intended learning outcomes The aim of this article is to extend and update nurses’ knowledge of the significance of thorough handwashing and to highlight its importance as a simple, effective method of reducing and controlling the transmission of infection.

Nursing Standard. 12, 51, 35-42. doi: 10.7748/ns.12.51.35.s45

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