Microbiologic study of wound infections

D. N. Gilbert, J. P. Sanford, E. Kutscher, C. V. Sanders, J. P. Luby, J. A. Barnett

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Cultures for aerobic, anaerobic, fungal, and mycobacterial organisms were performed on 59 tornado-associated wounds in 47 patients. Most impressive was the frequent identification of aerobic gramnegative bacilli. Seventy-five percent of the wounds cultured organisms, yet the infections were generally benign and selflimited. Evidence is presented which favors a soil, rather than nosocomial, source for the bacteria in the wounds of the hospitalized patients. The guidelines for treatment of tornado-induced wounds include removal of environmental debris, antitetanus prophylaxis, and delayed primary wound closure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-130
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Environmental Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1973


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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Gilbert, D. N., Sanford, J. P., Kutscher, E., Sanders, C. V., Luby, J. P., & Barnett, J. A. (1973). Microbiologic study of wound infections. Archives of Environmental Health, 26(3), 125-130. https://doi.org/10.1080/00039896.1973.10666239