March 12, 2009 | | Comments 0
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And we thought doctors’ ties were dirty

Who knew we should be washing our cell phones? According to a recent study in the Annals of Clinical Macrobiology (reports,  cell phones can–and frequently are–covered in bacteria.

Researchers at Ondokuz Mayis University in Samsun, Turkey tested employee cell phones to discover the following alarming statistic: 94.5 percent of the phones they tested were contaminated with bacteria.

Worse yet–some of these phones were contaminated with drug-resistant “superbugs.”

We’ve known for a while now that certain everyday objects that are not washed or cleaned every day–lab coats and ties, for example–can house bacteria  and help it move around the hospital. But how many hospitals are screening cell phones? Is yours? If so, how do you screen phones? What sorts of policies do you have in place to maintain this practice?

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About the Author: Matt Phillion is the director of the Association for Healthcare Accreditation Professionals and a Senior Managing Editor at HCPro, Inc., where he is the editor of the monthly publication Briefings on The Joint Commission.

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