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Table 3 Bacterial species isolated from the hands of operating room (OR) nurses and non-health care workers (HCWs). Numbers of persons with specific bacteria after preoperative hand disinfection and after wearing sterile gloves

From: Exploring bacterial growth and recolonization after preoperative hand disinfection and surgery between operating room nurses and non-health care workers: a pilot study

  Bacterial growth after preoperative hand disinfection Bacterial recolonization after wearing sterile gloves
OR nurses Non-HCWs OR nurses Non-HCWs
n = 12 n = 13 n = 12 n = 13
*Minutes, mean (SD)    223 (34) 192 (16)
Persons with growth, (%) 10 (83) 6 (46) 11 (92) 13 (100)
S. warneri 4 2 6 11
P. acnes 4 1 5 3
Bacillus sp. 5 1 4 4
S. epidermidis 2 5 4
S. capitis 3 1 3
S. pasteuri 2 4
Micrococcus sp. 3 3
S. haemolyticus 1 1 1
Alpha-haemolytic streptococci 1 2 1
Brevibacteriaceae 1 1
S. lugdunensis 1 1
Gemella haemolysans 1
Gram-positive cocci, non-typeable 1
Enterobacteriaceae 1
  1. *Significant difference between groups regarding minutes, p = 0.007; statistical method used was student’s t-test