Microbial monitoring of the hospital environment: why and how?

  title={Microbial monitoring of the hospital environment: why and how?},
  author={Sandra Galvin and Anthony Dolan and Orla J. Cahill and Stephen Daniels and Hilary Humphreys},
  journal={The Journal of hospital infection},
  volume={82 3},
BACKGROUND The purpose of microbial monitoring of the inanimate environment surrounding a patient can be two-fold; to monitor hygiene standards and also to examine for the presence of specific nosocomial pathogens which may be the source of an outbreak. While both purposes involve routine culture of microorganisms, the methods used for each can differ in order to provide optimal results. The main difference between both purposes is the need for enumeration, site specificity for an aerobic… CONTINUE READING

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