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Acquisition of Nosocomial Pathogens on Hands After Contact With Environmental Surfaces Near Hospitalized Patients

Anita Bhalla , MD, Nicole J. Pultz , BS, Delores M. Gries , MD, Amy J. Ray , MD, Elizabeth C. Eckstein , RN, David C. Aron , MD and Curtis J. Donskey , MD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 25, No. 2 (February 2004), pp. 164-167
DOI: 10.1086/502369
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/502369
Page Count: 15
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Abstract

ABSTRACT We examined the frequency of acquisition of bacterial pathogens on investigators’ hands after contacting environmental surfaces near hospitalized patients. Hand imprint cultures were positive for one or more pathogens after contacting surfaces near 34 (53%) of 64 study patients, with Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin‐resistant Enterococcus being the most common isolates.

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