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Pathogens contaminating theatre floor

Rouin Amirfeyz, Andrew Tasker, Sami Ali, Karen Bowker, Ashley Blom
INTRODUCTION: Operating department staff are usually required to wear dedicated theatre shoes whilst in the theatre area but there is little evidence to support the beneficial use of theatre shoes. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We performed a study to assess the level of bacterial contamination of theatre shoes at the beginning and end of a working day, and compared the results with outdoor footwear. RESULTS: We found the presence of pathogenic bacterial species responsible for postoperative wound infection on all shoe groups, with outdoor shoes being the most heavily contaminated...
September 2007: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
K O Alausa, D Montefiore, O Akinyosoye, A O Osoba, O A Sogbetun, G O Coker
Infections due to Ps. aeruginosa are a problem in the tropics as in other parts of the world. Over a four year period, 15 patients attending University College Hospital, Ibadan, were proved to have septicaemia due to this organism and 13 patients died rapidly as a direct result of the infection. The two patients who survived the acute episode had received immediate treatment with at least one antibiotic active against Ps. aeruginosa: a third patient, who received immediate appropriate antibiotic therapy, was already suffering from aplastic anaemia and died rapidly despite treatment...
August 1976: Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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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