The Effect of Antimicrobial Agents on the Umbilical Cord

  • R. H. George
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The umbilicus is often the primary site of colonization with Staphylococcus aureus in the newborn (Jellard 1959). Treatment of the cord with hexachlorophane has been shown to reduce colonization and infection (Gillespie et al. 1958), but it is reported that colonization and infection with Gram-negatives increases (Conn 1969). This paper reports studies of the umbilical flora in babies treated with a number of anti-bacterial talcs and the effect of some of them on separation of the cord.


Umbilical Cord Zinc Oxide Maternity Hospital Proteus Mirabilis Staphylococcal Infection 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. H. George
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  1. 1.Queen Elizabeth Medical CentreBirmingham Maternity HospitalEdgbaston, BirminghamEngland

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