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Bacterial contamination of mobile communication devices in the operative environment

      Studies have confirmed that a large proportion of healthcare workers' (HCWs) mobile communication devices (MCDs) are contaminated by bacteria known to cause nosocomial infection.
      • Brady R.R.
      • Wasson A.
      • Stirling I.
      • McAllister C.
      • Damani N.N.
      Is your phone bugged? The incidence of bacteria known to cause nosocomial infection on healthcare workers' mobile phones.
      • Borer A.
      • Gilad J.
      • Smolyakov R.
      • et al.
      Cell phones and Acinetobacter transmission.
      • Braddy C.M.
      • Blair J.E.
      Colonization of personal digital assistants used in a health care setting.
      • Hassoun A.
      • Vellozzi E.M.
      • Smith M.A.
      Colonization of personal digital assistants carried by healthcare professionals.
      • Singh D.
      • Kaur H.
      • Gardner W.G.
      • Treen L.B.
      Bacterial contamination of hospital pagers.
      • Namias N.
      • Widrich J.
      • Martinez O.V.
      • Cohn S.M.
      Pathogenic bacteria on personal pagers.
      MCDs, including mobile phones, pagers and personal digital assistants (PDAs), are often expensive objects and permit direct communication in emergency situations. They are therefore often found in close proximity to medical personnel, wherever they are located in the hospital environment, allowing the transportation of bacteria contaminating the device to many different clinical environments. We set out to evaluate the incidence of bacterial contamination of these objects within the specific clinically sensitive setting of the operating theatre environment.
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