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Always Blow Your Own Trumpet! Potential Cross-infection Hazards through Salivary and Respiratory Secretions in the Sharing of Brass and Woodwind Musical Instruments during Music Therapy Sessions

 
 

Copyright 2017, Mark Alan Wade

Primary Author: Moore, J.
Journal Title: Journal of Hospital Infections
Date Published: Mar-04
Language: English
Category: Anatomical, Physiological & Historical Research
Key Words: infection salivary respiratory brass woodwind instruments therapy hospital
Full Citation: Moore, J. E. Always Blow Your Own Trumpet! Potential Cross-infection Hazards through Salivary and Respiratory Secretions in the Sharing of Brass and Woodwind Musical Instruments during Music Therapy Sessions. Journal of Hospital Infections 56, no. 3 (March 2004): 245.
Full Abstract: Despite the importance of music therapy on hospital patients' management, the sharing of instruments with mouthpieces should be avoided without proper cleaning. Potential exists for cross contamination from the build up of biofilm in the mouthpiece from secretions of the salivary glands and oropharyngeal/upper airway. In particular, there is a potential hazard for the transmission of the Gram-negative respiratory pathogens, Pseuedomonas aeruginosa and Burkholderia cepacia complex.