Infection Control; Non Dedicated Equipment, Especially the Risks and Use of Scissors

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In the hospital environment infection control is very important. This 17 page paper looks at an aspect of infections control that is often overlooked; the use and treatment of non dedicated equipment, such as scissors and stethoscopes. The paper looks at how and why this type of equipment can pose a cross infection risk and needs to be subject to policy and procedures to prevent the spread of infection. Looking at research and practice the paper uses scissors as the example and demonstrates the risk and the way in which that risk is and has been controlled. The bibliography cites 15 sources.