transient flora


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transient flora

Microbes inhabiting a body surface or cavity for a brief period of time, usually as a result of their promotion and selection by antibiotic therapy, chemotherapy, hospitalization, illness, or surgery.
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The purpose of surgical hand anti sepsis is to eliminate transient flora and reduce resident flora for the duration of a procedure to prevent introduction of organisms in the operative wound if gloves become punctured or torn.
In relation to the surgical hand antisepsis, the aim is to both reduce the number of resident and transient flora to a minimum but also to inhibit their regrowth for as long as possible, not just on the hands but also on the wrists and forearms (AfPP 2007).
(1,8) The rationale for a higher level of hand hygiene is based upon the desire to eliminate transient flora and to reduce resident flora for the duration of a procedure.
Skin flora contains resident and transient flora. Resident flora refers to colonizing microorganisms not readily removed through the mechanical friction associated with hand washing.
Hand hygiene decreases colonization with transient flora and can be achieved either through handwashing or hand disinfection.

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