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Washing Toys in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Decreases Bacterial Load of Potential Pathogens.

57 toys of 57 infants from two neonatal intensive care units (University Hospital Gasthuisberg, Leuven, and GZA Sint-Augustinus, Wilrijk, Belgium) were analysed for their microbial load before and after the washing procedure. Before washing, 13/57 toys (23%) were positive for potential pathogens (eight contained S. aureus, three Enterococcus spp., one Klebsiella pneumoniae and one Pseudomonas aeruginosa). Postwashing cultures resulted in 5/57 (9%) positive cultures (four revealed Enterococcus spp., one S. aureus), which was a significant decrease compared with the pre-wash cultures. J Hosp Infect. 2009;71(2):197-8.