Original communication| Volume 4, ISSUE 5, P755-761, November 1938

Incidence of air-borne bacteria in the major surgery of the Multnomah County Hospital

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        1. The number of air-borne bacteria in the major surgery of Multnomah County Hospital is roughly proportional to the number of people present in the surgery and to the activity on the floor proper of the surgery.
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        2. The greatest proportionate rise in incidence is manifested by the streptococci and the Staphylococcus albus.
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        3. The organisms showing this rise are acknowledged to be common inhabitants of the nasopharynx.
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        4. The estimated number of bacteria falling per hour on a sterile operating field compares unfavorably with similar figures obtained in other hospitals.
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