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Instruments that cause cross infection?

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I have been asked to name instruments used that may cause a cross infection
Posted Sat, 15 Jun 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Shruti Rijhwani 1 hour later

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Dear madam,

Cross infection is the transfer of harmful bacteria from one person, object, or place to another. They can occur in hospital setting where they are termed nosocomial .

Cross infections can occur from -
surgical procedures
urinary catheters
intravenous canuulas
Central venous catheters,
infected bandages, swabs
infected masks
unsterilised instruments like tongue depressor

The most common cause of cross infection is the failure of hospital staff to properly wash their hands after taking off latex gloves or before wearing a new pair. Hand hygiene is the most important step in preventing cross infection .

These are the common causes that lead to cross infection .

If you have any further queries feel free to ask.

Thank you .

Take care.

Dr. Shruti

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