Ward Design in Relation to Postoperative Wound Infection: Part IIBr Med J 1971; 1 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.5740.72 (Published 09 January 1971) Cite this as: Br Med J 1971;1:72
- A. I. G. Davidson,
- H. G. Smylie,
- A. Macdonald,
- G. Smith
A detailed investigation has been carried out into the behaviour of wounds after 1,000 general surgical operations, about equal numbers of patients having been studied in two different ward and operating theatre environments. The wound sepsis rate was reduced after transfer to the new type of ward. It is concluded that features of the new ward environment were responsible for the observed fall in the incidence of cross-infection.