Hospital elevator buttons hide more germs than toilets
Elevator buttons are more likely to be colonised by bacteria than toilet surfaces, a new study of three large urban hospitals in Canada has found
Toronto: Elevator buttons are more likely to be colonised by bacteria than toilet surfaces, a new study of three large urban hospitals in Canada has found. "Elevators are a component of modern hospital care, and are used by multiple people with ungloved hands who will later go on to make contact with patients," said Dr Donald Redelmeier, University of Toronto professor and co-author of the study.
In the study, 120 randomly selected interior and exterior elevator buttons were swabbed over a ten-day period at each hospital. These were compared against swabs of toilet surfaces in men's washrooms, including exterior and interior entry-door handles, the privacy latch and the toilet flusher.
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