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Am J Infect Control. 2017 Mar 1;45(3):336-338. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2016.11.005.

Are hospital floors an underappreciated reservoir for transmission of health care-associated pathogens?

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1
Medicine Institute Center for Value Based Care, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH; Department of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH.
2
Department of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH; Research Service, Cleveland VA Medical Center, Cleveland, OH.
3
Research Service, Cleveland VA Medical Center, Cleveland, OH.
4
Department of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH; Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cleveland, OH. Electronic address: curtisd123@yahoo.com.

Abstract

In a survey of 5 hospitals, we found that floors in patient rooms were frequently contaminated with pathogens and high-touch objects such as blood pressure cuffs and call buttons were often in contact with the floor. Contact with objects on floors frequently resulted in transfer of pathogens to hands.

KEYWORDS:

Clostridium difficile; Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; Vancomycin-resistant enterococci

PMID:
28254251
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajic.2016.11.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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