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Microbiologic sampling of the inanimate environment in U.S. hospitals, 1976-1977.
Am J Med 1981 Apr; 70(4):941-946
Data from the first two phases of the Study on the Efficacy of Nosocomial Infection Control (SENIC) project were analyzed to determine the extent and nature of environmental culturing in United States hospitals. In 1975, 75 percent of hospitals performed routine environmental cultures but between 1970 and 1976, 25 percent had permanently reduced the extent of culturing. Hospitals with more than 200 beds and those with an infection control nurse were more likely to have reduced their extent of culturing. During 1976 to 1977, hospitals performing cultures collected an average of 500 environmental cultures per year. In 1975 only 28 percent of the approximately 2 million environmental cultures collected in hospitals were indicated by current recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and the American Hospital Association. The authors conclude that many hospitals were still investing substantial resources in nonrecommended culturing during 1976 to 1977, although the increased utilization of infection control nurses indicates a cost saving movement that is likely to continue.
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The American Journal of Medicine
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