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Microbial patient and operating room personnel sampling and culture evaluation of an ambulatory ophthalmological unit: a novel protocol

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First Author: G.Chatzilaou GREECE

Co Author(s):    A. Kanellopoulos   G. Asimellis           

Abstract Details


To evaluate an elaborative, novel protocol of personnel and patient nasal and conjunctival mucosa sampling in a modern ophthalmological ambulatory surgical center

Setting: Eye Institute


all operating room personnel to include surgeons, nurses, technicians, and physician assistants, as well as 122 consecutive patients we included in this study of an ambulatory surgical center. All subjects were sampled with swab smears of the nasal and conjunctival mucosa, prior to any ophthalmic drop administration and sterility measures. All cultures were analyzed and processed in a specialized microbiology laboratory


Surgeon cultures showed: Staphylococcus epidermidis Nurse and technician cultures showed showed: Staphylococcus epidermidis and logdunensis Patient cultures showed: Staphylococcus epidmidis and Streptococcus pneumoniae


This novel elaborative microbial monitoring system of an ambulatory operating unit provided detailed data of not only the classification and population of microbes, but their exact origin. This information may caution clinicians on ongoing disinfecting techniques and methods, as well as in planning appropriate antimicrobial prophylaxis for prospective patients.

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