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Toys can turn hospital cots into “reservoirs of bacteria”

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7259.470/c (Published 19 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:470
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Toys given to sick newborn babies could be placing the infants at risk of infection, a new study has said.

    It is well recognised that nosocomial sepsis of infants in intensive care units can originate from equipment as well as from the hands of staff or parents. The concern with toys in intensive care cots is that they may be a reservoir of potentially pathogenic bacteria. In the current study Dr Colin Morley and his colleagues at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, studied 19 infants in neonatal intensive care …

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