June 1, 2011
Dangerous Bacteria Found on Patients' Cell Phones
Cell phones used by patients and their visitors were twice as likely to contain potentially dangerous bacteria as those of healthcare workers (HCWs), according to a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, by a team of researchers from the Department of Medical Microbiology at Inonu University in Malatya. Infection Control Today.
Interesting, a previous study by another Turkish university reported by News.com in March 2009, showed similar results.
The types of bacteria that were found on the patientsí MPs and their resistance patterns were very worrisome," state the authors. "Some investigators have reported that MPs of medical personnel may be a potential source of bacterial pathogens in the hospital setting. Our findings suggest that mobile phones of patients, patientsí companions and visitors represent higher risk for nosocomial pathogen colonization than those of HCWs. Specific infection control measures may be required for this threat.
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