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Am J Infect Control. 2017 Jan 1;45(1):69-71. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2016.05.024. Epub 2016 Aug 24.

Detection and characterization of surface microbial contamination in emergency ambulances.

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1
Departamento de Inmunología, Microbiología y Parasitología, Facultad de Medicina y Enfermería, Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Bilbao, Spain.
2
Departamento de Enfermería I, Facultad de Medicina y Enfermería, Universidad del País Vasco-Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Bilbao, Spain.
3
Servicio de Anestesiología y Reanimación, Hospital Universitario Basurto, Bilbao, Spain.
4
Departamento de Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública, Facultad de Medicina y Enfermería, Universidad del País Vasco-Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Bilbao, Spain; Servicio de Medicina Preventiva e Higiene Hospitalaria, Complejo Hospitalario de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain.
5
Departamento de Inmunología, Microbiología y Parasitología, Facultad de Medicina y Enfermería, Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Bilbao, Spain. Electronic address: guillermo.quindos@ehu.eus.

Abstract

A cross-sectional study was performed in 10 emergency basic life support ambulances operating in Bilbao, Spain, to assess surface bacterial contamination. Presence of clinically relevant bacterial contamination suggests that disinfection of the studied basic life support ambulances was not optimal and represents a potential risk of infection for the patients transferred in them. It is critical to implement existing infection control and prevention protocols to resolve this issue.

KEYWORDS:

Bacteria; Emergency medical services; Environmental microbial contamination; Infection; Infection control procedures; Staphylococcus aureus

PMID:
27566871
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajic.2016.05.024
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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