Study says healthcare facility floors can harbor pathogens

March 14, 2017

A recent study said healthcare facility floors can harbor pathogens and as many items in patient rooms can come in contact with the floor, germs can spread to hands, according to an article on the UPI website.

A study by the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology suggests patient room floors can pose an infection risk.

Researchers cultured 318 floors from 159 patient rooms in five Cleveland-area hospitals including both C. difficile infection, or CDI, isolation rooms and non-CDI rooms, along with gloved and bare hands, clothing, call buttons, medical devices, linens and medical supplies.

Results showed that floors in patient rooms were contaminated with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, VRE and C. difficile. 

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