International Journal of Medicine Research

International Journal of Medicine Research


International Journal of Medicine Research
International Journal of Medicine Research
Vol. 6, Issue 2 (2021)

A study of presence of microbes on surface of touch screen of mobile phones in health care professionals


Manish Patil, Manish Agarwal, Arvind Neral, Devpriya Lakra

Background: Cell phones are increasingly becoming an important means of communication in India. Being expensive and conveniently small in size, they are used by doctors and other health care workers (HCWs) in a hospital for immediate communication during emergencies, in rounds, and even in operation theatres and intensive care units. The potential of cell phones as vectors to nosocomial infection has been studied before. These studies reported that the most commonly found bacterial isolate was Coagulase Negative Staphylococcus (CONS) as a part of normal skin flora in recent years, When these HCWs do not wash their hands or do not practice standard infection control measures, they are responsible for transmission of nosocomial infections. Effective hand-washing to decrease the transient contaminant flora in the skin is recognised as a critical factor in infection control policies. Materials and Methods: The present study was a Hospital based, observational, cross sectional study carried out from September 2018 to August 2019, in pt jnm medical college Raipur Chhattisgarh on 240 cases satisfying the inclusion criteria following complete assessment. Patients were assessed for Characteristics of HCW, prevalence of microorganisms, awareness of infection spread via mobile, hand hygiene Result: Evaluation done on the basis of distribution and prevalence of gram positive bacteria,gram negative bacteria, Coagulase Negative Staphylococcus and other bacteria in mobile surface and in disinfectant Conclusion: Microbial contamination of the mobile phones and their increased use among the HCWs pose a significant epidemiological risk to the public. Simple measures such as proper hand hygiene practice, regular decontamination of the mobile phones with alcohol wipes and limiting use of mobile phones with in the hospital premises including working area like operation theatres and intensive care units may reduce the risk of Hospital Acquired Infection caused by these devices
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How to cite this article:
Manish Patil, Manish Agarwal, Arvind Neral, Devpriya Lakra. A study of presence of microbes on surface of touch screen of mobile phones in health care professionals. International Journal of Medicine Research, Volume 6, Issue 2, 2021, Pages 18-22
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