bacteria and fingernails

Jeffrey Roberts robertsjg at
Sun Apr 9 17:44:53 EST 2000

Thanks! We had a decrease in sternal infections in our CABG pts after the
nurses voluntarly took them off. Now admin. wants documentation so that we
can implement a hospital wide ban on artificial nails. We can use all the
help we can get. Thanks again

lamb wrote:

> As far as I know artificial nails are discouraged because they make
> handwashing ineffective.
> There is one convincing report here
> Loes
> Jeffrey Roberts wrote:
> > I am trying to locate some studies on bacteria growth under artificial
> > nails in a hospital setting. I have some but nothing very indepth. Does
> > anyone know a good place to look? I am writing a policy for a hospital
> > to eliminate wearing artificial nails and need more documentation.
> > Thanks in advance.
> > Tera

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