Objective: The objective of this study was to determine if phosphor plates used in predoctoral clinics are microbiologically contaminated and to identify the source of contamination. Study design: Forty-five of 300 phosphor plates (15%) were randomly selected for examination. The plates were pressed into individual blood agar plates, were incubated using standard techniques at 37°C, and were monitored for 72 hours. The number, size, distribution, and variety of resulting colonies were noted. A representative of each type of colony was selected to be Gram stained using the standard technique. Results: Of the plates, 42.2% were uncontaminated, 57.8% yielded bacterial colonies, and 15.6% of those colonies demonstrated hemolytic growth. The hemolytic growth included combined alpha and beta hemolysis and beta only hemolysis. Six colonies were gram-positive rods and 7 were gram-positive cocci. Conclusion: Meticulous infection-control techniques are inevitable and continuous reinforcement and training for staff and students are mandatory. Periodic gas sterilization of phosphor plates may be necessary.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontology|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 1 2009|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Oral Surgery