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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2016.5(3): 528-533
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2016.503.062


Bacteriological Profile of Car Steering and Interior of Cars of Health Care Workers of a Tertiary Care Hospital
S. Mathavi*, G. Sasikala, A. Kavitha, A.V. Raghavendra Rao and R. IndraPriyadharsini
Department of Microbiology, Vinayaka Mission’s KirupanandaVariyar Medical College, Salem
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

Studies have shown that steering wheel is actually the breeding ground for bacteria 11 times more than a public toilet. A major source of bacteria come from food spills, through air and heating vents and from footwares of passengers. The top spots for germs are dashboards, change holders, cup holders and children’s car seats. The commonest organisms isolated areBacillus species, Staphylococcus, Escherichia coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter. This study was done to know the bacteriological profile of interior of cars of health care workers. A total of 200 swabs were collected from 50 carsof health care workers of our hospitalfrom steering wheel, dashboard, cup holders and car seats. They were processed according to standard guidelines. The most commonest organisms isolated were Bacillus species followed by Diphtheroids, Micrococci, E.coli, Klebsiella species and Staphylococcus species. The maximum isolation was from dashboard followed by steering wheels. 32% of Staphylococcus isolates were methicillin resistant and13% of gram-negative isolates were ESBL producers in our study. This study concludes that cars act as potential source of contamination with many commensals and harmful microorganisms. Hence it’s important to constantly clean and disinfect the car surfaces.


Keywords: Food spills, Footwares, Bacillus species, Dashboard, Steering wheel, Methicillin resistant, ESBL.
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Mathavi, S., G. Sasikala, A. Kavitha, A.V. Raghavendra Rao and IndraPriyadharsini, R. 2016. Bacteriological Profile of Car Steering and Interior of Cars of Health Care Workers of a Tertiary Care Hospital.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 5(3): 528-533. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2016.503.062