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Open hospital windows to cut risk of bacterial infection

A microbiologist says hospital managers should take note of what Florence Nightingale said a century and a half ago - that open windows were the hallmark of a healthy ward.

Jack Gilbert, who works at Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois, in the US, puts forward the view that natural ventilation is good for health and that too much scrubbing and sanitising can eradicate 'good' microbes and allow dangerous pathogens to reign free in the hospital environment.
 
 

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