Protecting the staff from infection

Within the ICU, staff are in close proximity to a wide variety of potential pathogens. Some of these and their routes of infection are shown in Table! This list is by no means exhaustive, and many organisms can gain entry by a variety of pathways; for example, Mycobacterium tuberculosis can be transmitted by inhalation or inoculation.

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