The exigencies of war have made the bacteriologic investigation of the body fluids even more imperative than during times of peace, while at the same time the accommodations surrounding the soldier-patient are frequently less adaptable to bacteriologic technic than they are in civilian practice. Consequently it seems desirable at the present time to record any advantageous modifications in the instruments and apparatus used for the collection and transport of such fluids.
Improvements to be of value should simplify the technic at the bedside, should insure safety and sterility during transport, and should not necessitate elaborate methods of preparation. Indeed, it is most desirable that the value and the result of the final investigation should not be dependent on any special care or expertness on the part of the nurse or lay attendant responsible for the original sterilization or for the transport of the material. In this connection it may be stated that devices by which sterilization may be carried out in the dry oven or autoclave, and which will leave without further manipulation the apparatus or instrument ready for transport, and convenient for use at the bedside, are the most satisfactory and trustworthy. Particularly is this true for those enjoying the facilities of organized hospitals and institutes, as it relieves them of all irksome detail
Caulfeild AH. METHODS FOR THE COLLECTION AND TRANSPORT OF BODY FLUIDS FOR BACTERIOLOGIC INVESTIGATION. JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(24):1812–1814. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270060220009
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