Explore BrainMass

Explore BrainMass

    Microbiology of hands

    This content was COPIED from BrainMass.com - View the original, and get the already-completed solution here!

    Which microorganisms are present on hands? Why hand washing is necessary?

    © BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 1, 2020, 8:00 pm ad1c9bdddf

    Solution Preview

    A typical person's hand can carry 10,000 to 10 million bacteria, some resident and some transient.

    The microbial flora of the skin, first described in 1938, consist of transient and resident microorganisms.

    1. Resident flora attached to deeper layers of the skin are more resistant to removal and less likely to be associated with such infections.
    Resident microflora- staphylococci (gram positive), propionobacterium acnes (anaerobic).

    2. Transient flora, which colonize the superficial layers of the skin, are easier to remove by routine handwashing. They are often acquired by ...

    Solution Summary

    The present solution deals with microbiology of hand. It discusses about the microorganisms present on hand and then deals with the problem of hand hygiene.