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)
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