Infection Control. by Simran S Ghatore. The pre-scientific era. Epidemics and plagues throughout history (black plague..) Physicians fear of contagious disease Hippocrates and others suspected an unseen invisible cause Climate and environment blamed - not the ill, dying or dead.
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by Simran S Ghatore
Anton van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1722)
Ignaz Semmelweiss (1818-1865)
Louis Pasteur (1822-1895)
Joseph Lister (1827-1912)
Robert Kock (1843-1910)
-Prions are mutated proteins
-majority of prion related diseases involve neurological damage.
-not all scientists accept they are the cause of disease.
Deaths per year in the UK
Two sources of infection:
Taylor (1978) identified that 89% of the hand surface was missed and that the areas of the hands most often missed were the finger-tips, finger-webs, the palms and the thumbs.Hand washing – areas missed