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September 22, 1945

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1945;129(4):295-296. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860380053019

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Abstract

LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Aug. 25, 1945.

The Sterilization, Care and Use of Syringes  Mild inflammations and infections not uncommonly follow the inoculation and injections which play so important a part in modern treatment. More severe and even fatal results sometimes occur and usually can be traced to some technical fault. These include cellulitis, lymphadenitis, abscesses, tuberculosis, tetanus, gas gangrene, infective hepatitis, malaria and meningitis (due to contaminated lumbar puncture needles). The Medical Research Council therefore appointed a committee of leading pathologists, under the chairmanship of Prof. G. S. Wilson, to report on the sterilization, use and care of syringes. The committee presented a memorandum, based on the experience of many workers and on bacteriologic tests, leading to recommendations which have been proved to be safe and practicable.It states that complete bacteriologic sterility can be achieved only by use of the autoclave or hot air oven. Boiling in

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