Hospital bath basins are frequently contaminated with multidrug-resistant human pathogens

Division of Infectious Diseases, Detroit Medical Center, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48201, USA.
American journal of infection control (Impact Factor: 2.21). 12/2011; 40(6):562-4. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajic.2011.07.014
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The hospital environment is increasingly recognized as a reservoir for hospital-acquired pathogens. During a 44-month study period, a total of 1,103 basins from 88 hospitals in the United States and Canada were sampled. Overall, 62.2% of the basins (at least 1 basin at each hospital) were contaminated with commonly encountered hospital-acquired pathogens. Copyright © 2012 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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