Malawi Medical Journal

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Isolation of pathogenic bacteria from hospital staff apparel in Nigeria

MU Orji, TI Mbata, OU Kalu


A survey of bacteria contamination of hospital staff apparel in use in Anambra State, Nigeria, was carried out to determine the extent of contamination by clinically important bacteria. Of a total of 125 swab samples of hospital staff apparel, 72 (58%) showed bacterial contamination including 32 (70%) of 46 samples from hand gloves, 28 of 45 (62%) samples from protective gowns, and 12 of 34 (35%) samples from face-shields. The potentially pathogenic bacteria isolated were Salmonella spp, Proteus vulgaris, Shigella dysenteriae, Pseudomonas aeruginosaand Staphylococcus aureus. The isolation of clinically important bacteria from the apparel suggests the need for improved infection control measures.

Malawi Medical Journal Vol. 17(4) 2005: 128-130
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