Korean J Med Mycol.  2012 Sep;17(3):168-175.

Contamination of Slippers in Operating Room by Dermatophytes and Effect of Antifungal Agent (Terbinafine) Disinfection

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Daegu, Korea. g9563009@cu.ac.kr
  • 2Catholic Skin Clinic, Daegu, Korea.

Abstract

BACKGROUND
It is known that floor, clothes, shoes and slippers of common uses are the sources of infection by dermatophytes. However there hasn't been any report about the culture of dermatopytes from slippers in operating room.
OBJECTIVE
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the contamination status of the slippers in operating room by dermatophytes and the effect of antifungal agent disinfection.
METHODS
The samples were collected from 240 pairs of slippers that were used in common at operating room of Daegu Catholic University Medical Center with scrapping method. The collected samples were cultured on the media with chloramphenicol (500 mg/L) and cycloheximide (500 mg/L) to control the growth of nondermatophytic fungi. The same collection and culture was done again after the antifungal agent (terbinafine) disinfection.
RESULTS
Dermatophytes were isolated from 22 (9.2%) pairs of slippers from a total of 240 pairs before the treatment, and 9 (3.8%) pairs after the treatment. There was significant difference in isolation rate between the slippers before the treatment and after the treatment (p=0.016). Trichophyton (T.) mentagrophytes and T. rubrum were isolated from the slippers and T. mentagrophytes (54.8%) was the most common isolated fungus.
CONCLUSION
About ten percent of slippers in operation room were contaminated by dermatophytes. Regular antifungal agent disinfection on slippers in operating room will help to decrease in the prevalence of dermatophytes growth and prevent the nosocomial infection.

Keyword

Antifungal agent disinfection; Dermatophytes; Slippers in operating room

MeSH Terms

Academic Medical Centers
Arthrodermataceae
Chloramphenicol
Cross Infection
Cycloheximide
Disinfection
Floors and Floorcoverings
Fungi
Operating Rooms
Prevalence
Shoes
Trichophyton
Chloramphenicol
Cycloheximide
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