Are healthcare workers’ mobile phones a potential source of nosocomial infections? Review of the literature

19Citations
Citations of this article
140Readers
Mendeley users who have this article in their library.

Abstract

Mobile communication devices help accelerate in-hospital flow of medical information, information sharing and querying, and contribute to communications in the event of emergencies through their application and access to wireless media technology. Healthcare-associated infections remain a leading and high-cost problem of global health systems despite improvements in modern therapies. The objective of this article was to review different studies on the relationship between mobile phones (MPs) and bacterial cross-contamination and report common findings. Thirty-nine studies published between 2005 and 2013 were reviewed. Of these, 19 (48.7%) identified coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS), and 26 (66.7%) identified Staphylococcus aureus; frequency of growth varied. The use of MPs by healthcare workers increases the risk of repetitive cyclic contamination between the hands and face (e.g., nose, ears, and lips), and differences in personal hygiene and behaviors can further contribute to the risks. MPs are rarely cleaned after handling. They may transmit microorganisms, including multiple resistant strains, after contact with patients, and can be a source of bacterial cross-contamination. To prevent bacterial contamination of MPs, hand-washing guidelines must be followed and technical standards for prevention strategies should be developed.

Cite

CITATION STYLE

APA

Ulger, F., Dilek, A., Esen, S., Sunbul, M., & Leblebicioglu, H. (2015, October 1). Are healthcare workers’ mobile phones a potential source of nosocomial infections? Review of the literature. Journal of Infection in Developing Countries. Journal of Infection in Developing Countries. https://doi.org/10.3855/jidc.6104

Register to see more suggestions

Mendeley helps you to discover research relevant for your work.

Already have an account?

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free