Whats the evidence for hand or glove contamination with nosocomial pathogens after touching environmental surfaces?  

In previous blogs we discussed how surfaces in close proximity to hospitalized patients become contaminated with a range of pathogens (see here). Our review of contamination of environmental solid surfaces, and soft surfaces demonstrated that these surfaces have a role in the infection process. In...


Do linens and environmental soft surfaces playing a role in the infection process?

Textile products, also called soft surfaces are widely used in the hospital environment. Some of these textiles products or soft surfaces are in direct contact with the patients, such as blankets, sheets, pyjamas, towels, gowns, and pillowcases. Other fabric or textile products are used by the...


What surfaces are contaminated in the hospital environment?

    As discussed in my previous posts, bacterial and fungal pathogens can remain viable on inanimate surfaces from days to months and in some cases even years.  These organisms can also survive over a wide range of temperatures, humidity, and exposure to sunlight. (1) In the current...