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Use of Cellular Telephones and Transmission of Pathogens by Medical Staff in New York and Israel

Joseph Gil Goldblatt , MD, Iris Krief , MD, Tal Klonsky, Daniel Haller , MD, Victor Milloul , MD, Diane M. Sixsmith , MD, Isaac Srugo , MD and Israel Potasman , MD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 28, No. 4 (April 2007), pp. 500-503
DOI: 10.1086/513446
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/513446
Page Count: 4
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Abstract

Hands and instruments used by healthcare workers may serve as vectors for the nosocomial transmission of microorganisms. The use of cellular telephones by medical personnel and the associated nosocomial transmission of pathogens have not been thoroughly examined. Findings from our study show that cellular telephones are commonly used by hospital personnel, even during patient contact. One‐fifth of the cellular telephones examined in this study were found to harbor pathogenic microorganisms, showing that these devices may serve as vectors for transmission to patients.

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