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A multicenter investigation to characterize the risk for pathogen transmission from healthcare facility sinks

  • Scott A. Gestrich (a1), Annette L. Jencson (a1), Jennifer L. Cadnum (a1), Scott H. Livingston (a1) (a2), Brigid M. Wilson (a3) and Curtis J. Donskey (a2) (a3)...

Abstract

In 4 hospitals, we demonstrated frequent dispersal of fluorescent tracer and fluoroquinolone-resistant gram-negative bacilli from sink drains to sink bowls and to surfaces outside the bowl. Fluorescent tracer dispersal correlated inversely with the depth of the sink bowl. Modifications in sink design could substantially reduce the risk for pathogen dissemination.

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Author for correspondence: Curtis J. Donskey, MD, Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center 1110W, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, 10701 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106. E-mail: Curtis.Donskey@va.gov

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Cite this article: Gestrich S. et al. (2018). A multicenter investigation to characterize the risk for pathogen transmission from healthcare facility sinks. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology 2018, 39, 1467–1469. doi: 10.1017/ice.2018.191

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A multicenter investigation to characterize the risk for pathogen transmission from healthcare facility sinks

  • Scott A. Gestrich (a1), Annette L. Jencson (a1), Jennifer L. Cadnum (a1), Scott H. Livingston (a1) (a2), Brigid M. Wilson (a3) and Curtis J. Donskey (a2) (a3)...

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