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Comment - Gimmicks are not the way to combat infection

Linda PearsonBSc, RN, PhD, PGCE(FE), is RCN Institute distance learning tutor and a freelance development facilitatorLet me nail my colours to the mast. I am appalled at the thought of patients being given the responsibility for the safety of their own care by asking staff: 'Have you cleaned your hands?' (see page 46). Passing the buck to the very people we are caring for is a very uncomfortable option. So why on earth are we in this situation, and what can we do about it?

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