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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2002 Sep;23(9):549-51.

Effectiveness of bacteria-controlled nursing units in preventing cross-colonization with resistant bacteria in severely burned children.

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  • 1Shriners Burns Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.


Bacteria-controlled nursing units (BCNUs) are laminar air-flow patient isolation units. The rate of cross-colonization with resistant organisms in 66 critically ill pediatric burn patients with massive open wounds and ventilators housed in BCNUs during 5 years was examined and found to be extremely low (3.2 cases per 1,000 patient-days).

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