Mechanical prophylaxis: Bacterial colonisation and sterilisation

Oakley, Matthew, Perry, John, Jones, Amanda, Morgan, Samer and McCaskie, Andrew (2003) Mechanical prophylaxis: Bacterial colonisation and sterilisation. Hip International, 13 (1). pp. 32-35. ISSN 1120-7000

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Abstract

Mechanical forms of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) prophylaxis have been shown to be effective. One factor that has reduced their widespread acceptance is the relatively high cost. Multi-use would greatly reduce the cost but could increase risks of cross-infection. We have investigated the bacterial load on boots after a single use and identified many species of bacteria including multi-resistant strains and others implicated in hospital- acquired infection. These could represent a considerable risk during multi-use. In the second part of the study we have investigated ways of sterilising the boots and have found ethylene oxide to be a low cost and completely effective method of sterilisation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C100 Biology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2013 13:19
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2016 12:43
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/14576

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