Our epidermis (outer layer of skin) is our primary protective layer against microbial, viral, fungal and parasitic invasion as well as UV radiation. It is also a regulator, minimising heat, solute and water loss.
This is particularly true for healthcare professionals, who are working in an environment where they are constantly exposed to pathogens, bodily fluids and other potentially dangerous substances.
Therefore, hand hygiene is a key responsibility for healthcare professionals not only in protecting themselves, but also their patients. When caring for patients, be it directly or indirectly, it is important to prevent cross-contamination or the spread of infections.
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