Contamination of the surgeon's bare and gloved fingertips in cardiac operations.


The surgeon's bare fingertips and the external surface of gloved fingertips were examined for contamination by bacteria during the course of 27 cardiac surgical operations. Following the surgical scrub, positive colony counts were obtained in 20 (74%) of bare fingertip impressions (median colony count 4 [inter-quartile range, IQR, 0-9)], while at the… (More)


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