Are toilet seats a vector for transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus?

Mary Anne Giannini, Donna Nance, Jonathan Mccullers

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Abstract

We studied the bacterial burden on toilet seats in a children's cancer hospital to validate a policy requesting that immunocompromised children use alcohol wipes on the seats prior to use of the toilets. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was recovered from 3.3% of hospital toilets when wipes were not in use. Use of wipes resulted in a 50-fold reduction in mean daily bacterial counts and eliminated MRSA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)505-506
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Volume37
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2009

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Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus
Cancer Care Facilities
Bacterial Load
Alcohols

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Are toilet seats a vector for transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus? / Giannini, Mary Anne; Nance, Donna; Mccullers, Jonathan.

In: American Journal of Infection Control, Vol. 37, No. 6, 01.08.2009, p. 505-506.

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