IntroductionEnvironmental reservoirs in healthcare facilities have been well‐studied, in particular, their role in aiding the persistence and transmission of pathogens associated with healthcare‐associated infections (Loftus ). Several recent studies have identified that hospital floors may be heavily contaminated, but traditionally within Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) practice, this is not considered significant, as floors are usually non‐touch surfaces (Wong et al. ; Cura Della Redazione ) and therefore hospital floors are generally cleaned with detergent, but are not disinfected, except in high risk areas. The absence of adequate floor disinfection may lead to the transmission of nosocomial pathogens. Recently, one such study employing a non‐pathogenic virus as a surrogate demonstrated that demonstrated that this virus when inoculated onto floors in hospital rooms disseminated rapidly to the hands of patients and to high‐touch surfaces inside and outside the room (Koganti et al. ).In the British Isles, the occurrence of large amounts of rainfall results in the formation of puddles in and around hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The presence of nosocomial pathogens on hospital floors and their dissemination to the outside could allow puddles in and around hospital to become contaminated with such pathogens and thus act as reservoirs and a source
Letters in Applied Microbiology – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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