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Bacterial survival on inanimate surfaces: a field study.

Objective: Environmental surfaces may serve as potential reservoirs for nosocomial pathogens and facilitate trans‑ missions via contact depending on its tenacity. This study provides data on survival kinetics of the most important nosocomial bacteria on a panel of commonly used surfaces. Type strains of S. aureus, K. pneumoniae, P. aeruginosa, A. baumannii, S. marcescens, E. faecium, E. coli, and E. cloacae were suspended in 0.9% NaCl solution at a McFarland of 1 and got then plated via cotton swabs either on glass, polyvinyl chloride, stainless steel, or aluminum. Surfaces were stored at regular ambient temperature and humidity to simulate routine daycare conditions. Sampling was performed by contact plates for a time period of four weeks. Results: The longest survival was observed for A. baumannii and E. faecium on all materials (at least four weeks). S. aureus remained viable for at least one week. Gram negative species other than A. baumannii were usually inactivated in less than two days. Nosocomial transmission of the above mentioned bacteria may easily occur if no appropriate infection control measures are applied on a regular daily basis. This might be of particular importance when dealing with outbreaks of A. baumannii and E. faecium. 


Katzenberger RH, Rösel A, Vonberg RP. Bacterial survival on inanimate surfaces: a field study. BMC Research Notes. 2021 Dec;14(1):1-0.

Author: Katzenberger RH, Rösel A, Vonberg RP

Published: 20/03/2021

Publication Type: Journal article