Evaluation of patients' skin, environmental surfaces, and urinary catheters as sources for transmission of urinary pathogens - Abstract

In hospitalized patients with urinary tract infection or asymptomatic bacteriuria, urinary pathogens frequently contaminate skin, high-touch environmental surfaces, and urinary catheters.

Contamination is more common in patients with a urinary catheter in place and with gram-positive pathogens. Patients' skin and environmental surfaces may provide an important source for transmission of urinary pathogens.

Written by:
Linder KA, Hecker MT, Kundrapu S, Cadnum JL, Musuuza JS, Sethi AK, Donskey CJ.   Are you the author?
Department of Medicine, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH; MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH; Research Service, Cleveland VA Medical Center, Cleveland, OH; Department of Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI; Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cleveland, OH.  

Reference: Am J Infect Control. 2014 Jul;42(7):810-2.
doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2014.03.022

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 24792715

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