Journal of Hygiene

Research Article

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

G. S. Halla1 c1, C. A. Mackintosha1 and P. N. Hoffmana1

a1 Central Public Health Laboratory, Division of Hospital Infection, 61 Colindale Avenue, London NW9 5HT, UK


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.

(Received April 10 1986)

(Accepted May 22 1986)


c1 Address for correspondence: Health and Safety Executive, Occupational Medicine and Hygiene Laboratories, 403–405 Edgware Road, London, NW2 6LN, UK.