Abstract Title:

Masks: a ward investigation and review of the literature.

Abstract Source:

J Hosp Infect. 1986 May ;7(3):289-94. PMID: 2873176

Abstract Author(s):

U Ransjö

Article Affiliation:

U Ransjö


The use of masks was related to the acquisition from patients of beta-haemolytic streptococci and Staphylococcus aureus in the nose/throat of staff in a burns unit. The study took place over 10 weeks; wearing multi-layer operating room masks for every visit to patient rooms had no effect on nose or throat carriage rates, although airborne dispersal from patients was high.

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