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Am J Infect Control. 2011 Jun;39(5):379-381. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2010.10.026.

Do mobile phones of patients, companions and visitors carry multidrug-resistant hospital pathogens?

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1
Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine Inonu University, Malatya, Turkey. Electronic address: mtekerekoglu@inonu.edu.tr.
2
Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine Inonu University, Malatya, Turkey.

Abstract

A cross-sectional study was conducted to determine bacterial colonization on the mobile phones (MPs) used by patients, patients' companions, visitors, and health care workers (HCWs). Significantly higher rates of pathogens (39.6% vs 20.6%, respectively; P = .02) were found in MPs of patients' (n = 48) versus the HCWs' (n = 12). There were also more multidrug pathogens in the patents' MPs including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli, and Klebsiella spp, high-level aminoglycoside-resistant Enterococcus spp, and carabepenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumanii. Our findings suggest that mobile phones of patients, patients' companions, and visitors represent higher risk for nosocomial pathogen colonization than those of HCWs. Specific infection control measures may be required for this threat.

PMID:
21624635
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajic.2010.10.026
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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