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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 464-465
Laboratory acquired skin infection: A concern for exhospital microbiology laboratory

1 KMT Primary Care Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Hainan Medical University, Haikou, Hainan, China

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Date of Web Publication22-Jun-2017

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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Laboratory acquired skin infection: A concern for exhospital microbiology laboratory. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2017;10:464-5

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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Laboratory acquired skin infection: A concern for exhospital microbiology laboratory. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Jul 15];10:464-5. Available from:
Dear Sir,

Nosocomial infection is a common problem in medicine and public health. The problem of laboratory acquired infection is very interesting but is seldom mentioned.[1] Indeed, the laboratory is considered as a workplace that requires experienced and skilled practice. There are some previous reports on laboratory acquired infections among microbiology laboratory technicians.[2],[3] This problem can be considered as a forgotten issue of nosocomial infection. It is no doubt that the safety and prevention of laboratory acquired infection is an important issue in hospital quality management at present.[4] Here, the authors would like to present an experience in a case of laboratory acquired skin infection on a microbiological technician working in an exhospital microbiology laboratory. The patient visited to the medical center for consulting on the problem of skin infection at her left middle finger. She noted that she worked within an exhospital microbiology laboratory and had to prepare bacterial plate for autoclaving. The patient noted that she my have got a minor injury during practice and developed skin problem for the last 3 days.

She observed that her finger was seriously swollen and painful, hence, she decided to seek for care. The patient was treated by incision and drainage (I and D) and antibiotic treatment. The pus culture revealed Staphylococcus aureus organism. This is a good example of the existing problem in exhospital microbiology laboratory, where specific nosocomial infection prevention is usually overlooked.

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Sora Yasri
KMT Primary Care Center, Bangkok
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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.208713

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