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Sterile wards may be wiping out 'friendly' microbes


The aim of cleaning in hospital is to remove potentially harmful organisms and spores. Using the word 'sterile' is misleading, because we could never achieve the complete removal of organisms in a ward environment. In fact, as soon as you put patients back in the clinical environment after it has been cleaned, the area quickly becomes re-contaminated. The author is right that we do need to limit the use of antibiotics. I don't know whether the intervention of opening the windows is evidence based - but from a common sense point of view it would probably be beneficial!

Posted date

26 February, 2012

Posted time

8:31 am