Are we aware how contaminated our mobile phones with nosocomial pathogens?

@article{Ulger2008AreWA,
  title={Are we aware how contaminated our mobile phones with nosocomial pathogens?},
  author={Fatma Ulger and Şaban Esen and Ahmet Dilek and Keramettin Yanık and Murat Gunaydin and Hakan Leblebicioglu},
  journal={Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials},
  year={2008},
  volume={8},
  pages={7 - 7}
}
BackgroundThe objective of this study was to determine the contamination rate of the healthcare workers' (HCWs') mobile phones and hands in operating room and ICU. Microorganisms from HCWs' hands could be transferred to the surfaces of the mobile phones during their use.Methods200 HCWs were screened; samples from the hands of 200 participants and 200 mobile phones were cultured.ResultsIn total, 94.5% of phones demonstrated evidence of bacterial contamination with different types of bacteria… 
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There is definite colonization of bacteria on mobile phones of the HCWs and in order to reduce incidence of nosocomial infections, there should be implementation of hand washing practices and regulations around the use of mobile telephones in hospital settings.
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The use of mobile phones in clinically sensitive areas should be weighed against the risk for contamination and transmission of infections.
CAN MOBILE PHONES ACT AS VEHICLES TRANSMITTING NOSOCOMIAL INFECTIONS
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Prevalence and Antimicrobial Susceptibility Pattern of Bacteria Isolated from Mobile Phones of Health Care Professionals Working in Gondar Town Health Centers
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Study on awareness of microbial contamination through mobile phones
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It was observed that the awareness among people on the presence of microbes on their gadgets were very less and few preventive measures were suggested to avoid the habit of using mobile phones while being with infants, kids, dining and in washrooms.
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