The level of contamination of stethoscopes used in a neonatal intensive care unit was studied, along with the practices used for cleaning these items.
A policy of alcohol cleaning was introduced and the effect of this change on the level of bacterial growth was observed after a six-week period.
It was found that 71% of stethoscopes had a significant bacterial growth and that this was reduced to 30% after the cleaning procedure change (P<0.05).
Stethoscopes and other equipment are a potential source of nosocomial infection on the neonatal intensive care unit.
Mots-clés Pascal : Contamination, Stéthoscope, Bactérie, Désinfection, Solution alcoolique, Prévention, Nouveau né, Homme, Unité soin intensif, Hôpital, Hygiène, Infection nosocomiale
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Contamination, Stethoscope, Bacteria, Disinfection, Alcoholic solution, Prevention, Newborn, Human, Intensive care unit, Hospital, Hygiene
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0177856
Code Inist : 002B27B14C. Création : 09/06/1995.