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Infection prevention and control 

Infection prevention and control
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Infection prevention and control
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Martin Kiernan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198716006.003.0009
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date: 27 June 2022

Any patient with a breach in skin integrity is at risk of acquiring an infection either from their own bacterial flora (endogenous) or from other sources, including the healthcare environment or via the hands of staff (exogenous). The consequences can be problematic both for the patient and healthcare providers and infections need to be avoided wherever possible. In order to prevent infection and manage other associated risks, rigorous implementation of infection prevention and control measures that contribute to patient safety has to be a priority for the wound care specialist. This chapter highlights the problems associated with wound infection and healthcare-associated infections and indicates how they can be prevented.

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