Accession Number:

ADA434435

Title:

Operating Room Telephone Microbial Flora

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIV OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES BETHESDA MD

Report Date:

2005-06-02

Pagination or Media Count:

32.0

Abstract:

There are approximately 500,000 surgical site infections per year in the United states. The purpose of this study was to determine if the bacteria most frequently involved in Surgical Site Infections SSI could be found on telephones in the Operating Room OR. A total of 26 cultures were taken from telephones within 14 operating rooms and two sub-sterile rooms at a large teaching medical center. Bacteria were identified using standard laboratory procedures. The following bacteria were identified Acinetobacter calcoaceticus-baumannii complex 1.9, Pseudomonas aeruginosa 1.9, Agrobacterium radiobactertumefaciens 1.9, Coagulase-negative Staphylococcus 82.7, Micrococcus 3.8 and Streptococcus non-group D 5.8. OR telephones can serve as reservoirs for SSI causing bacteria.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Microbiology
  • Non-Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE