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Patient shoe covers: Transferring bacteria from the floor onto surgical bedsheets.

Forty disposable medical shoe covers were briefly exposed to the surgical floor and were found contaminated by a large number of bacteria. This study also demonstrated live bacteria, including pathogens attached to contaminated shoe covers, can be subsequently transferred to surgical bedsheets. We suggest an infection control policy should be considered to prevent patients returning to their bed with contaminated disposable shoe covers.
American Journal of Infection Control, 0(0), 960–538. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2016.03.020

Author: Justin Galvin, BSc, Ahmad Almatroudi, MPH, Karen Vickery, PhD, Anand Deva, MBBS, Lillian Kelly Oliveira Lopes, MN, Dayane de Melo Costa, Honghua Hu

Published: 01/11/2016

Publication Type: Journal article