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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2004 Feb;25(2):164-7.

Acquisition of nosocomial pathogens on hands after contact with environmental surfaces near hospitalized patients.

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Infectious Diseases Division, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

Abstract

We examined the frequency of acquisition of bacterial pathogens on investigators' hands after contacting environmental surfaces near hospitalized patients. Hand imprint cultures were positive for one or more pathogens after contacting surfaces near 34 (53%) of 64 study patients, with Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus being the most common isolates.

PMID:
14994944
DOI:
10.1086/502369
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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