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Patient Hand Colonization With MDROs Is Associated with Environmental Contamination in Post-Acute Care

  • Payal K. Patel (a1) (a2), Julia Mantey (a1) and Lona Mody (a1) (a2)

We assessed multidrug-resistant organism (MDRO) patient hand colonization in relation to the environment in post-acute care to determine risk factors for MDRO hand colonization. Patient hand colonization was significantly associated with environmental contamination. Risk factors for hand colonization included disability, urinary catheter, recent antibiotic use, and prolonged hospital stay.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2017;38:1110–1113

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Address correspondence to Payal K. Patel, MD, MPH, Infectious Disease Clinic, University of Michigan, Taubman Center Floor 3 Reception D, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. SPC 5352, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 ( or Lona Mody, MD, MSc, Division of Geriatric and Palliative Care Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, 300 N. Ingalls Rd, Rm 905, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (
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