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Swabbing of theatre floor

E Kanz
The problem of hygiene in the life-saving service has so far been a rarely discussed question. An ambulance used as a life-saving vehicle cannot be expected to measure up to the hygienic standards of an aseptic operating theatre. Keeping the level of pathogenic germs in ambulances low, is fundamental to the medical emergency service at large. The staff, including the physician, on emergency duty are most likely to come into contact with hospital germs. At any rate, care must be exercised so that pathogens are prevented from being transmitted from one patient to another...
1981: Zentralblatt Für Bakteriologie, Mikrobiologie und Hygiene. 1. Abt. Originale B, Hygiene
G A Ayliffe, E J Lowbury
Of four cases of postoperative gas gangrene in three hospitals three followed amputation of legs with gangrenous lesions, and one followed gastrectomy. Clostridium welchii was isolated from the wounds and the faeces of each patient; small numbers of Cl. welchii were found on the floors of the theatres where the operations had been performed.Two infections occurred in one hospital on successive days. Typing of strains of Cl. welchii from these patients showed that they were serologically distinct. Further studies suggested that in each of the four cases infection was probably acquired from the patients' intestinal flora, probably through faecal contamination of skin...
May 10, 1969: British Medical Journal (1857-1980)
H P Werner, J R Wittig, H Dunkelberg, E H Pfeiffer
Within a period of a year, environmental examinations were carried out in 50 hospitals selected at random in Rheinland-Pfalz with a view to determining the effective conditions, mainly in such risky areas as operating theatres, delivery rooms, intensive-care units and neonatal wards. In this first report the method is described. Such investigations are based on a detailed interrogation of the staff, and local inspection. As is evident from the extract from the questionnaire, the investigation was mainly concerned with details of the functional procedure and the implementation of measures of hospital hygiene...
March 1976: Zentralblatt Für Bakteriologie, Parasitenkunde, Infektionskrankheiten und Hygiene. Erste Abteilung Originale. Reihe B: Hygiene, Präventive Medizin
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