Quality & Patient Safety

Study says hospital room floors may need more attention in infection control

Patient Safety Monitor, September 26, 2017

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 Want to improve your infection control? Consider your hospital floors.

A study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) found that hospital room floors may be an overlooked source of infection.

“In a survey of five hospitals, we found that floors in patient rooms were frequently contaminated with pathogens and high-touch objects such as blood pressure cuffs and call buttons were often in contact with the floor,” wrote the authors of the study. “Contact with objects on floors frequently resulted in transfer of pathogens to hands.”

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