Accession Number : ADA433886


Title :   Operating Room Telephone Microbial Flora


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIV OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES BETHESDA MD


Personal Author(s) : Nelson, Jason ; Shinn, Antoinette M. ; Bivens, Ava


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA433886


Report Date : 24 MAY 2005


Pagination or Media Count : 32


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 and the Vitek system version 7.02. Of the 52 isolates discovered, the following bacteria were identified: Acinetobacter calcoaceticus-baumannii complex 1.9%, Pseudomonas aeruginosa 1.9%, Agrobacterium radiobacter/tumefaciens 1.9%, Coagulase-negative Staphylococcus 82.7%, Micrococcus 3.8 %, Streptococcus non-group D 5.8%, and one unidentified gram-negative rod 1.9%.


Descriptors :   *BACTERIA , *SURGERY , *CULTURES(BIOLOGY) , *PLANTS(BOTANY) , LABORATORY PROCEDURES , MEDICAL SERVICES , HEALTH CARE FACILITIES , MEDICAL RESEARCH , MICROORGANISMS , MEDICAL LABORATORIES , PSEUDOMONAS , ANTIMICROBIAL AGENTS.


Subject Categories : BIOLOGY
      MEDICINE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH
      MICROBIOLOGY


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE