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Hospital Faucets May Sustain Bacteria

January 24th, 2014 | Author: | Category: health news

Hospital workers are told to wash their hands frequently to minimize bacterial transmission.  The problem is that hospital faucets may sustain bacteria, which then passes to the hands of those using the faucet to clean.  According to a study of two tertiary care centers, the total microbial load of the water samples was as much as 10 times greater with aerators than after  sterilization.  In addition, the minimum temperatures measured were not high enough to kill the bacteria prior to transmission.  In large hospitals, frequent aerator cleaning would be a  “Sisyphean task with unclear payoffs,” according to Tara Palmore, M.D., of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  A possible alternative would be more widespread use of hand sanitizers.
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