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Contamination of Hands with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus after Contact with Environmental Surfaces and after Contact with the Skin of Colonized Patients

  • Usha Stiefel (a1) (a2), Jennifer L. Cadnum (a1), Brittany C. Eckstein (a1), Dubert M. Guerrero (a3), Mary Ann Tima (a1) and Curtis J. Donskey (a2) (a3)...


In a study of 40 methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) carriers, hand contamination was equally likely after contact with commonly examined skin sites and commonly touched environmental surfaces in patient rooms (40% vs 45%). These findings suggest that contaminated surfaces may be an important source of MRSA transmission.


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Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center, Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 10701 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106 (


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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
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