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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria on personal devices in hospital intensive care units: Molecular approaches to quantifying and describing changes in the bacterial community of personal mobile devices

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 April 2019

Savannah J. Volkoff
Affiliation:
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Alexander W. McCumber
Affiliation:
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Deverick J. Anderson
Affiliation:
Duke Center for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
Claudia K. Gunsch*
Affiliation:
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
*
Author for correspondence: Claudia K. Gunsch, Email: ckgunsch@duke.edu

Abstract

Bacterial community composition and presence of antibiotic resistance genes (mecA, tetK, and vanA) on personal mobile devices (PMDs) of nurses in intensive care units (ICUs) were evaluated. Antibiotic resistance genes on PMDs decreased at the end of the shift, and a several microbial genera changed.

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