Bacterial contamination of saline nasal irrigations in children: An original research

Sara Torretta, Roberto Mattina, Francesco Talloru, Giuliana Sala, Serena Cornelli, Elena Bezze, Paola Marchisio

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Microbiologic analysis of nasal saline irrigations (NSIs) used in hospitalized children was performed. Of 253 collected samples, 24.9% were positive, and the number of positive samples significantly increased over time (P <.001). Staphylococcus aureus was the most frequently detected bacterium (28.6%). None of the 118 patients who received NSIs developed a nasosinusal infection. Colonization by cutaneous and environmental germs is frequent and develops early. Hygienic measures should be advocated to reduce contamination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-97
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Bacterial contamination
  • Children
  • Nasal saline irrigation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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