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February 1948

CONTROL OF AIR-BORNE INFECTIONS IN A NURSERY FOR YOUNG INFANTS

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EVANSTON, ILL.

Am J Dis Child. 1948;75(2):193-202. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1948.02030020204004
Abstract

IN 1927 there was an epidemic of enteritis at The Cradle, during which 27 deaths occurred among 80 infants with the disease. As a result of this epidemic, Dr. Gladys Dick introduced an individual aseptic nursery technic in 1929. From the introduction of this technic until April 1, 1946, there was no death due to enteritis contracted after admission. Furthermore, 3,780 infants were admitted, among whom were 52 with enteritis, 64 with impetigo and 10 with gonorrheal vaginitis, but no instance of cross infection from these infants occurred. The individual aseptic nursery technic has solved the problem of these handborne infections at The Cradle. Whether the same results can be obtained in a nursery for newborn infants is an open question; the traffic between mother and infant adds potential sources of infection to the nursery for newborn infants which are not present at The Cradle.

The elimination of direct and

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