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Evaluation of Hospital Floors as a Potential Source of Pathogen Dissemination Using a Nonpathogenic Virus as a Surrogate Marker

  • Sreelatha Koganti (a1), Heba Alhmidi (a1), Myreen E. Tomas (a2), Jennifer L. Cadnum (a2), Annette Jencson (a1) and Curtis J. Donskey (a2) (a3)...

Abstract

Hospital floors are frequently contaminated with pathogens, but it is not known whether floors are a potential source of transmission. We demonstrated that a nonpathogenic virus inoculated onto floors in hospital rooms disseminated rapidly to the hands of patients and to high-touch surfaces inside and outside the room.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2016;1–4

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Address correspondence to Curtis J. Donskey, MD, Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 10701 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106 (curtisd123@yahoo.com).

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Evaluation of Hospital Floors as a Potential Source of Pathogen Dissemination Using a Nonpathogenic Virus as a Surrogate Marker

  • Sreelatha Koganti (a1), Heba Alhmidi (a1), Myreen E. Tomas (a2), Jennifer L. Cadnum (a2), Annette Jencson (a1) and Curtis J. Donskey (a2) (a3)...

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