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'Hibiscrub' antiseptic hand wash, Macclesfield, England, 1996

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    Glossary: antiseptic handwash

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    Glossary: antisepsis

    The practice of using antiseptic drugs to eliminate harmful micro-organisms.

    Glossary: antibiotic

    A substance that is used to treat infections.

    Glossary: Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

    Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a dangerous bacterium that is becoming increasingly common. It is resistant to known antibiotics and so is difficult to treat. Hospital patients are at particular risk of infection, as a result of a weakened immune systems or open wounds. Initial symptoms include small red bumps, which develop into painful boils.

    Glossary: immune

    To be protected against infectious disease.