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Impacts of silver-coated antimicrobial screen covers on the cell-phone microbiome of resident physicians

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 October 2019

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

Abstract

An antimicrobial screen was applied to the cell phones of 26 resident physicians to determine its effects on the phone microbiome and its potential to serve as a selective agent for antibiotic or silver resistance genes. No increase of these genes was observed now was there a shift in the overall microbial community.

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