Prevention by breaking the chain of infection

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Abstract

Shaw K (2016) Prevention by breaking the chain of infection.

We rely on antimicrobials to fight infections, but some microorganisms have become resistant to these agents. Antimicrobial resistance is a global threat, and nurses have a crucial role to play in the fight against it. They are constantly in contact with patients and conduct many interventions - each contact and intervention is an opportunity to prevent the rise of AMR. To do this, they need to understand how the chain of infection works and how it can be broken, therefore preventing infection.

Nurses are at the heart of the fight against antimicrobial resistance, which requires multifocal measures to prevent and control infections

In this article…

> The growing global threat of antimicrobial resistance

> How the chain of infection works

> Role of nurses in fighting antimicrobial resistance

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