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Infections are not only transferred from person to person, they are also passed via a surface or an object. Harmful bacteria can be passed from a person, body fluids, or infected material to another surface. Then someone else touches the surface and the infection is passed on to the next person. This transfer can also be with infections such as the common cold. The correct workplace protocols must be followed at all times to ensure that this type of transfer is reduced or eliminated.   

The use of proper hand washing and PPE added to common sense with proper cleaning techniques will help to reduce the risk. In the care environment, infections can be passed from visitors to patients or staff as well as vice versa. Infections are when an organism enters the body and they can do this by many routes.