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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
Published by: Cambridge University Press on behalf of The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/502369
Page Count: 15
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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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