Bacterial contamination of hospital bed-control handsets in a surgical setting: a potential marker of contamination of the healthcare environment

R R W Brady, P Kalima, N N Damani, R G Wilson, M G Dunlop

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Abstract

Patients undergoing colorectal surgical resections have a high incidence of surgical site infection (SSI). Many patient-specific risk factors have been recognised in association with SSI in such patients, but environmental contamination is increasingly recognised as a contributor to hospital-acquired infection (HAI). This study set out to describe the bacterial contamination of the patient environment, using hospital bed-control handsets, as they are frequently handled by both staff and patients and represent a marker of environmental contamination.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)656-60
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England
Volume89
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007

Keywords

  • Colonic Diseases
  • Cross Infection
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Enterococcus
  • Equipment Contamination
  • Equipment and Supplies, Hospital
  • Humans
  • Infection Control
  • Methicillin Resistance
  • Prospective Studies
  • Rectal Diseases
  • Staphylococcal Infections
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Surgical Wound Infection

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