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Am J Infect Control. 2013 May;41(5 Suppl):S6-11. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2012.12.004.

Evidence that contaminated surfaces contribute to the transmission of hospital pathogens and an overview of strategies to address contaminated surfaces in hospital settings.

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Centre for Clinical Infection and Diagnostics Research, Department of Infectious Diseases, King's College London & Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK. jonathan.otter@kcl.ac.uk

Abstract

Evidence that contaminated surfaces contribute to the transmission of hospital pathogens comes from studies modeling transmission routes, microbiologic studies, observational epidemiologic studies, intervention studies, and outbreak reports. This review presents evidence that contaminated surfaces contribute to transmission and discusses the various strategies currently available to address environmental contamination in hospitals.

PMID:
23622751
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajic.2012.12.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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