Role of Airborne Transmission in Staphylococcal Infections

British Medical Journal | 05/02/1966
Gestión Higiene y desinfección hospitalaria Documentación Bibliografias Role of Airborne Transmission in Staphylococcal Infections

Br Med J, 1966;1:319-22
Publicado por: The Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Preventive Medicine, Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Cleveland
Metropolitan General Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio

Mortimer, E.A.
Wolinsky, E.
Gonzaga, A.J.
Rammelkamp, C.H.
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The importance of physical contact, especially via the hands of personnel, in the spread of staphylococci to newborn infants has been indicated in previous studies from this hospital (Wolinsky et al., 1960; Mortimer et al.., 1962). The results of one of these trials (Mortimer et al., 1962) suggested that the
airborne route was relatively unimportant. However, because the study nursery was small and there was less than optimum supervision of the nurses attending the infants, it was impossible to draw definite conclusions concerning the relative importance of airborne organisms in the transmission of staphylococci in the nursery. The present study was designed to define the importance of this route.
Mortimer, E.A. ... [et al.]

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