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The dispersal of bacteria and skin scales from the body after showering and after application of a skin lotion

  • G. S. Hall (a1), C. A. Mackintosh (a1) and P. N. Hoffman (a1)
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Application of a skin lotion to the body after showering greatly reduced the number of bacteria and skin scales dispersed from 10 men and 10 women. This effect lasted for at least 4 h when surgical clothing was worn. The use of a skin lotion to reduce bacterial dispersal could provide a simple and inexpensive alternative to an ultraclean air system or uncomfortable operating clothing during surgery requiring these procedures.

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* Address for correspondence: Health and Safety Executive, Occupational Medicine and Hygiene Laboratories, 403–405 Edgware Road, London, NW2 6LN, UK.
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