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Sterile wards may be wiping out 'friendly' microbes


a lesson we learned on the ward which still impresses me 35 years later: we took swabs of materials and equipment on the wards anywhere we chose and sent them to the path lab to grow cultures on agar plates. the largest colonies were first , pseudomonas from soap and a face flannel and staph aureus from telephone receivers and earpieces of communal stethoscopes. The smallest colonies were found on the insides of folded bed cotton or linen sheets which were almost sterile and at had been washed at 90 degrees. This was at a time jut before the general strike and the introduction of general management when they had different bedding materials and different laundering processes and sheets were changed every day, or even several times a day, according to need.

Posted date

26 February, 2012

Posted time

10:23 am