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August 30, 1958


JAMA. 1958;167(18):2237-2239. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990350075017

STAPHYLOCOCCUS INFECTIONS IN HOSPITALS  The American Hospital Association has distributed the following statement to administrators and chiefs of staff in all hospitals.

Knowledge of Current Situation  1. It is clear that throughout the world, in spite of the enormous success of antibiotics ( and, as will be mentioned below, to some extent because of this success) there remains an important problem of infections, a problem of special significance for hospitals. This report is concerned with such infections, particularly those caused by the coagulaseproducing strains of staphylococcus aureus hemolyticus. The most obvious examples are impetigo and more severe infections in children, puerperal mastitis in recently delivered women, burn and postoperative wound infections, and pneumonia in debilitated patients. The staphylococcus may also be responsible for osteomyelitis, meningitis, septicemias, empyemas, boils and abscesses, otitis media, paronychiae, etc.Disease-producing staphylococci frequently implant in the nasopharynx without overt disease, thus producing carriers. Indeed, the staphylococcus carrier-rate

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