EPIDEMICS OF POSTOPERATIVE WOUND INFECTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH HAIR CARRIERS Academic Article Article uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Capillary Permeability
  • Cerebrovascular Circulation
  • Infarction, Middle Cerebral Artery
  • Receptors, Lysosphingolipid

abstract

  • Two outbreaks of postoperative wound infections were attributed to staff carrying Staphylococcus aureus in their hair. One doctor was associated with eleven severe wound infections on a general surgical ward and a staff nurse on the renal-transplant ward was associated with five minor wound infections. In addition to the carrier state, other factors which contributed to the severity of infection included a reduced blood-supply with excessive necrotic tissue and dead space at the operative site in the general surgery patients and poor host resistance among the renal dialysis and post-transplant patients. During epidemics of wound infections it is important to routinely take cultures from hair and subungual spaces in addition to nose and throat. Povidone-iodine shampoo and adequate hair covering for staff are recommended to reduce shedding in the operating-theatre. © 1973.

publication date

  • November 24, 1973

Research

keywords

  • Academic Article

Identity

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S0140-6736(73)92933-4

PubMed ID

  • 4127543

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 1157

end page

  • 9

volume

  • 302

number

  • 7839