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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 6, Issue:10, October, 2017

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
Issues : 12 per year
Publisher : Excellent Publishers
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Editor-in-chief: Dr.M.Prakash
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2017.6(10): 2625-2630

Mobile Phones of Health Care Workers: Potential Vector for Hospital Acquired Infections
M. Lucy Nirmal Medona*, Lalitha and Napolean
No.1, Masillamanipuram, 2nd street, Thoothukudi-628008 Tamilnadu, India
*Corresponding author

The objective of this study was to evaluate the microbial contamination of mobile phones used by health care workers (doctors and staff nurse) in intensive care units and surgical post-operative wards of a tertiary care hospital. Samples were taken from the surface of the mobile phones of HCWs using sterile swabs, processed and identified as per standard protocol. The oxacillin disc diffusion test and double-disc synergy test were used to identify methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and expanded-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Gram-negative bacilli, respectively. Overall, 123 mobile phones were screened. The rate of bacterial contamination in this study was 85.4%.HenceHCWs' mobile phones could be potential vectors for transferring nosocomial pathogens between HCWs, patients, and the community. The study also aimed to describe mobile phones disinfection practices as well as factors associated with mobile phone contamination.

Keywords: Mobile phones, Health care, Potential vector.

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Lucy Nirmal Medona, M., Lalitha and Napolean. 2017. Mobile Phones of Health Care Workers: Potential Vector for Hospital Acquired Infections.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 6(10): 2625-2630. doi:
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