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Neonatal thermal care, part II: Microbial growth under temperature probe covers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12144211     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To determine if temperature probe covers contribute to nosocomial infections by providing an environment for skin microbe colonization. DESIGN: Descriptive, comparative design with infants randomized into two groups: foam probe cover and hydrogel probe cover. Skin cultures were obtained 72 hours after cover placement. Bacterial growth was quantified after 24 and 48 hours. Skin integrity was assessed using visual irritations scores (VIS) every 5 minutes for 30 minutes following cover removal. ANOVA and ANOVA-RM were used to compare amounts of microbes and VIS scores between groups. SAMPLE: Twenty-six medically stable infants, 29 to 34 weeks gestational age, less than 10 days postbirth, and in an incubator. MAIN OUTCOME VARIABLE: Microbial growth and VIS. RESULTS: There were no statistically significant differences in microbial growth and VIS scores between groups (p > .05). Clinical significance was noted in VIS scores. Infants who had foam covers had more sustained irritation scores.
S Blackburn; D DePaul; L A Loan; K Marbut; L T Taquino; K A Thomas; S K Wilson
Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neonatal network : NN     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0730-0832     ISO Abbreviation:  Neonatal Netw     Publication Date:  2001 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-07-29     Completed Date:  2002-08-15     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503921     Medline TA:  Neonatal Netw     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  19-23     Citation Subset:  N    
Department of Family and Child Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle 98198-7262, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Clinical Nursing Research
Colony Count, Microbial
Cross Infection / etiology*,  prevention & control*
Electrodes / standards*
Equipment Contamination / prevention & control*
Equipment Design
Infant, Newborn
Infection Control / methods*
Monitoring, Physiologic / adverse effects*,  instrumentation*,  nursing
Neonatal Nursing / instrumentation,  methods
Skin / microbiology*
Skin Temperature*
Time Factors
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