Presence of microorganisms in mobile phones of intensive care staff at a hospital in Spain

Authors

  • Yeray Gabriel Santana-Padilla Hospital Universitario Insular de Gran Canaria. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. España. Enfermero; master en ciencias de la enfermería http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2330-1933
  • Luciano Santana-Cabrera Hospital Universitario Insular de Gran Canaria. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. España. médico especialista en medicina intensiva; doctor en ciencias médicas http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8310-1197
  • María Elena Dorta-Hung Hospital Universitario Insular de Gran Canaria. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. España. médico especialista en microbiología y parasitología; doctora en medicina
  • Manuel Jesús Molina-Cabrillana Hospital Universitario Insular de Gran Canaria. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. España. médico especialista en medicina preventiva; doctor en Medicina

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17843/rpmesp.2019.364.4421

Keywords:

Equipment Contamination, Disease Prevention, Cell phone, Health Personnel, Transmission, Critical Care

Abstract

In order to identify the presence of microorganisms in mobile phones of the staff from the intensive care unit (ICU) at a hospital in Spain, a cross-sectional descriptive study was carried out among healthcare and non-healthcare professionals who had mobile phones during their working day. Samples were collected by swabbing and sowing on a culture plate with analysis and identification of microorganisms. One hundred eleven (111) mobile phones were analyzed, of which 56 were contaminated: 41.5% and 41.1% of those belonging to nurses and physicians, respectively, and 60.6% found in nursing assistants. The growth of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (12.5%), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (10.9%), and Stenotrophomonas maltophila (4.7%) stand out. In conclusion, mobile phones presented the presence of clinically relevant microorganisms.

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Published

2019-12-03

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Brief Report

How to Cite

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Santana-Padilla YG, Santana-Cabrera L, Dorta-Hung ME, Molina-Cabrillana MJ. Presence of microorganisms in mobile phones of intensive care staff at a hospital in Spain. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2019 Dec. 3 [cited 2024 Apr. 21];36(4):676-80. Available from: https://rpmesp.ins.gob.pe/index.php/rpmesp/article/view/4421

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