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Rethinking Nail Hygiene: The Overlooked Role of Long Nails in Spreading Infections in Healthcare Settings

Nurses and other healthcare personnel today understand, perhaps more than ever, the critical role proper hand hygiene plays in patient care. Yet, as highlighted in a recent news story about a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) baby's death due to a bacterial infection traced back to a nurse's extended nails, there remains a rooted need…

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Hand Hygiene: An Unparalleled Weapon in Infection Prevention and Control

In the ongoing battle against infections, careful hand hygiene emerges as an unsurpassed tool. This notion finds its roots in the 19th century when the importance of handwashing during patient care was established by Ignaz Semmelweis, an Austrian physician. Operating in the maternity ward of an Austrian hospital, Semmelweis implemented extensive hand hygiene measures among…

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