Skin flora: implications for nursing
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Skin flora: implications for nursing

Dinah Gould Professor of Applied Health, City University London

Many patients receiving inpatient care or admitted as day cases undergo invasive procedures that place them at potential risk of healthcare-associated infection. Human skin is populated with microorganisms most of which are harmless, however some have pathogenic potential. This article outlines the protective function of intact skin and describes its resident and transient microbial flora. The role and limitations of antiseptics in reducing the risk of infection are discussed.

Nursing Standard. 26, 33, 48-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.04.26.33.48.c9049

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