Figure I.7.5b. Failure to cleanse hands results in between-patient cross-transmission.

Figure I.7.5bFailure to cleanse hands results in between-patient cross-transmission*

(B) The doctor is now going to have direct contact with patient B without cleansing his hands in between. Cross-transmission of Gram-positive cocci from patient A to patient B through the HCW’s hands is likely to occur. Reprinted from Pittet, 2006885 with permission from Elsevier.

From: 7, Transmission of pathogens by hands

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