Bacterial colonization on writing pens touched by healthcare professionals and hospitalized patients with and without cleaning the pen with alcohol-based hand sanitizing agent

Authors


Kevin W. Garey, Department of Clinical Sciences and Administration, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, 1441 Moursund Street, Houston, TX, USA
E-mail: kgarey@uh.edu

Abstract

Clin Microbiol Infect 2011; 17: 868–869

Abstract

This prospective study examined bacterial colonization on writing pens touched by healthcare professionals and hospitalized patients with and without cleaning the pen with alcohol-based hand sanitizing agent after each patient visit. A significant reduction in potential healthcare-associated pathogens, especially Gram-positive cocci, was observed in the intervention group.

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