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African Journal of Biomedical Research
Ibadan Biomedical Communications Group
ISSN: 1119-5096
Vol. 5, No. 3, 2002, pp. 97-102
Bioline Code: md02021
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Journal of Biomedical Research, Vol. 5, No. 3, 2002, pp. 97-102

 en A STUDY OF WOUND INFECTIONS IN TWO HEALTH INSTITUTIONS IN ILE-IFE, NIGERIA.
SHITTU A.O., KOLAWOLE D.O. AND OYEDEPO E.A.R.

Abstract

The microbiological analysis of wound infection in 102 patients was undertaken in the outpatient departments of the University Teaching Hospital and the Health Centre in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. The location and type of wound was considered and identification of bacterial isolates was determined by standard microbiological techniques. Forty per cent of wound types was attributed to trauma and in most cases, were located at the extremities. A total of one hundred and sixty two bacterial isolates were obtained from wound cultures. In 39 cases, cultures were monomicrobial, 55 cultures were polymicrobial but no bacterial isolate was obtained in eight cases. Staphylococcus aureus check for this species in other resources was the predominant microorganism (25%) followed by Escherichia coli check for this species in other resources (12%), Pseudomonas aeruginosa check for this species in other resources (9%) and Staphylococcus epidermidis check for this species in other resources (9%). The diversity of microorganisms and the high incidence of polymicrobic flora in this study give credence to the value of identifying one or more bacterial pathogens from wound cultures. Continuous dialogue between the microbiology department and wound care practitioners and education of patients on personal hygiene is strongly advised.

 
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