Skin disinfection and its efficacy before administering injections
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Skin disinfection and its efficacy before administering injections

Gemma Gittens Student in adult nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Care
Toni Bunnell Lecturer, Department of Health Professional Studies, University of Hull

The need to disinfect a patient’s skin before subcutaneous or intramuscular injection is a much debated practice. Guidance on this issue varies between NHS organisations that provide primary and secondary care. However, with patients being increasingly concerned with healthcare-associated infections, a general consensus needs to be reached whereby this practice is either rejected or made mandatory.

Nursing Standard. 23, 39,42-44. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.06.23.39.42.c7039

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G.Gittens@2007.hull.ac.uk

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