Preparing for surgery

Preparing for surgery

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Caption: Preparing for surgery. Surgeon washing her hands before surgery. Disinfectant in the soap will reduce the amount of harmful bacteria on her hands. The taps and soap dispenser are elbow-operated to prevent any contamination from hand-operated taps. The surgeon will also wear surgical gloves during the surgery, and she is wearing sterile clothing, again to help prevent infectiion of the patient. High standards of hygiene must be maintained in an operating theatre to prevent infection of patients. This surgeon is in St Richard's Hospital, a National Health Service (NHS) hospital in Chichester, West Sussex, England.

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