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BACKGROUND Effective hand-washing can prevent nosocomial infections, particularly in high-risk areas of the hospital. There are few clinical studies of the efficacy of specific hand-cleansing agents in preventing the transmission of pathogens from health care workers to patients. METHODS For eight months, we conducted a prospective multiple-crossover(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the safety and efficacy of mupirocin calcium ointment in the elimination of Staphylococcus aureus nasal and hand carriage in healthy persons. DESIGN A double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial. SETTING Clinical research unit of a tertiary medical center. SUBJECTS Health care workers with stable S. aureus nasal carriage.(More)
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