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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2018.7(12): 2905-2912
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2018.712.331


Mobile Phones Use among Health Care Workers and it’s Possible Role in Spreading the Hospital Acquired Infections in Medical College Hospital, Rajnandgaon [C. G.], India
Siddharth Pimpalkar1, Dhiraj Bhawnani2* and Om Singh3
1Department of Microbiology, 2Department of Community Medicine, 3Govt. Medical College, Rajnandgaon (C.G.), India
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

In recent years, the use of mobile phones in the course of a working day has made mobile phones potential agents of microbial transmission. The increase use of mobile phones is seen as responsible for rise in community infection rates reported by ecological findings. Several etiologic agents of nosocomial infections (which contaminate mobile phone) are of various genera and species of bacteria, virus, fungi including Staphylococcus aureus, E-coli, Klebsiella species, Enterococcus species, and Proteus species have been identified. So the present study was planned to assess the possibility of hospital acquired infection due to use of mobile phone in health care persons. The present cross sectional observational hospital based study has been conducted in Government Medical College, Rajnandgaon (Chhattisgarh) India, during the study period from January 2017 to October 2017. Sample size was fix at 110. Procedure was performed as per standard protocol. Data was compiled in MS-Excel and checked for it’s completeness and correctness, then it was analysed by using suitable software. Present study shows that 63.636% of HCW’s dominant hand and 56.36% of their mobiles phone had bacterial contaminations mostly with S. epidermidis. The sensitivity of gram negative bacilli towards ciprofloxacin, erythromycin, tetracycline and gentamycin were in the range of 32-85 %. All gram positive organisms were sensitive to vancomycin and sensitivity to ciprofloxacin, erythromycin and tetracycline was in the range of 91-98%. We also found that 50 % isolated Staphylococcus aureus were methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). It can be concluded from present study that mobile phones can act as source of hospital acquired infections and there is need to form definite policies for use of mobile phones in health care settings.


Keywords: Mobile phones, Health Care Workers, Hospital acquired infections
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Siddharth Pimpalkar, Dhiraj Bhawnani and Om Singh. 2018. Mobile Phones Use among Health Care Workers and it’s Possible Role in Spreading the Hospital Acquired Infections in Medical College Hospital, Rajnandgaon [C. G.].Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 7(12): 2905-2912. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2018.712.331