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Revising Nightingale's legacy

Dancer, S.J.



The recent editorial from this Journal does well to highlight the benefits of hand hygiene once again [ 1 ]. It is entirely appropriate to support the need for clean hands, especially during an ongoing pandemic. But there is another message that seems to have got lost. This message is about cleaning the surfaces that hands touch, since hands only require attention because of their capacity for contact with a host of contaminated sites [ 2 ]. Why is there this perpetual disconnect between hands and hand-touch sites? Does it not make sense to tackle the cleaning aspects of both?

Journal Article Type Letter
Acceptance Date Mar 13, 2020
Online Publication Date Mar 19, 2020
Publication Date 2020-06
Deposit Date May 15, 2020
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2020
Journal Journal of Hospital Infection
Print ISSN 0195-6701
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 105
Issue 2
Pages 344-345
Keywords Microbiology; Infectious Diseases; Handwashing
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