Identification badge lanyards as infection control risk: a cross-sectional observation study with epidemiological analysis

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Staphylococcus aureus cultures from name badge lanyards were phenotypically and genotypically indistinguishable from the wearer's nasal carrier strains by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and antibiogram. Lanyards had a mean age of 22 months and hygiene was poor with only 9% ever having been laundered. Molecular analysis showed that 26% of S. aureus nasal carriers shared an indistinguishable strain on their lanyard. Lanyards should not be recommended for staff in frontline clinical care.

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Murphy, C. M., Di Ruscio, F., Lynskey, M., Collins, J., McCullough, E., Cosgrave, R., … Fennell, J. (2017). Identification badge lanyards as infection control risk: a cross-sectional observation study with epidemiological analysis. Journal of Hospital Infection, 96(1), 63–66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2017.01.008

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