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A laboratory model for the investigation of contact transfer of micro-organisms.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  429788     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The model was based on grasping a fabric-covered bottle contaminated with a strain of Staphylococcus saprophyticus, then grasping a sterile fabric-covered bottle and counting the organisms transferred. When the donor fabric was moist 10% of the available cells passed onto the hands, but this fell to 0.05% when the inoculum dried. Transfer from wet hands to the fabric amounted to 85%, but in the complete model only 0.06% of the available cells were transferred. The model was used to assess simple methods of degerming the hands. Washing the hands reduced transfer by 95%, while washing in 70% alcohol reduced transfer by 99.99%. Lesser procedures investigated included applying 0.2 ml of 80% ethanol to the hands, which reduced transfer by 93%.
R R Marples; A G Towers
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of hygiene     Volume:  82     ISSN:  0022-1724     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hyg (Lond)     Publication Date:  1979 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1979-06-26     Completed Date:  1979-06-26     Revised Date:  2010-09-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375374     Medline TA:  J Hyg (Lond)     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  237-48     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Cross Infection / transmission*
Hand / microbiology*
Models, Biological
Staphylococcal Infections / transmission*
Staphylococcus / growth & development*
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