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Bacterial colonization on writing pens touched by healthcare professionals and hospitalized patients with and without cleaning the pen with alcohol-based hand sanitizing agent.

Authors
  • Halton, K
  • Arora, V
  • Singh, V
  • Ghantoji, S S
  • Shah, D N
  • Garey, K W
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2011
Volume
17
Issue
6
Pages
868–869
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-0691.2011.03494.x
PMID: 21463395
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This prospective study examined bacterial colonization on writing pens touched by healthcare professionals and hospitalized patients with and without cleaning the pen with alcohol-based hand sanitizing agent after each patient visit. A significant reduction in potential healthcare-associated pathogens, especially Gram-positive cocci, was observed in the intervention group.

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