Hands as route of transmission for Klebsiella species.

  title={Hands as route of transmission for Klebsiella species.},
  author={Mark W Casewell and Ian Phillips},
  journal={British medical journal},
  volume={2 6098},
Seventeen per cent of the staff of an intensive care ward were found to have Klebsiella spp contaminating their hands, and these strains could be related to serotypes infecting or colonising patients in the ward on the same day. We identified some simple ward procedures that resulted in contamination of nurses' hands with 100-1000 klebsiellae per hand. Klebsiellae survived on artifically inoculated hands for up to 150 minutes. Handwashing with chlorhexidine hand cleanser reliably gave 98-100… CONTINUE READING
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