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Ward Design in Relation to Postoperative Wound Infection: Part III

Br Med J 1974; 3 doi: (Published 06 July 1974) Cite this as: Br Med J 1974;3:13
  1. G. Smith,
  2. J. R. C. Logie,
  3. A. Macdonald,
  4. H. G. Smylie


    The wound infection rates, nasal carriage rates, and nasal colonization rates were studied in a recently built surgical unit for two years when it was first opened. Five years later a further two-year period of study was undertaken.

    Judging by the incidence of postoperative wound infection, as far as both Staphylococcus pyogenes and Gram-negative organisms are concerned, there is no evidence that the environment has become less safe with use over the seven-year period since opening.