BUGGED MOBILE PHONES OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS COULD TRANSMIT MORE THAN JUST A CALL

Bugged Mobile Phones

  • Muhammad Saeed District Head Quarter Hospital Mandi Bahauddin Pakistan
  • Muhammad Naveed Allama Iqbal Medical College Lahore Pakistan
  • Farhan Rasheed Allama Iqbal Medical College Lahore Pakistan
  • Shagufta Iram Allama Iqbal Medical College Lahore Pakistan
  • Mehwish Akhtar Allama Iqbal Medical College Lahore Pakistan,
  • Ambreen Anwar Imran Allama Iqbal Medical College Lahore Pakistan
Keywords: Contamination, Healthcare workers, Mobile phones

Abstract

Objective: To evaluate contamination of mobile phones from healthcare workers with nosocomial pathogens.
Study Design: Cross sectional study.
Place and Duration of Study: Microbiology Section, Pathology Department, Allama Iqbal Medical College, Jinnah
Hospital Lahore, from Jul 2016 to Feb 2017.
Material and Methods: A total of 257 culture swabs were collected from the mobile phones of HCWs of Jinnah
Hospital, Lahore, every samples was processed for bacterial culture following standard protocols. Organisms
were identified by colonial morphology, gram staining, and with the help of API 20NE and API 20E.
Results: Out of 257 mobile phones, 66% (n=169) were contaminated with any 01/>01 bacteria. Most prominent
pathogen isolated was coagulase negative staphyloccoi (CoNS) followed by Staphylococcus aureus 34.8% and
24% respectively. Other microorganisms identified, were Acinetobacter species (12.6%) n=29, Bacillus species
10.4% (n=24), Enterococcus species 4.8% (n=11), Escherichia coli 3.5% (n=8), Micrococcus species 3.5% (n=8),
Diphtheroids 2.5% (n=5) Klebsiella species 1.7% (n=4), Aspergillus species 1.7% (n=4) and Pseudomonas
aeruginosa 1.0% (n=2.0). Out of 55 Staphylococcus aureus, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
were 36.0% (n=20) and methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) were 64.0% (n=35).
Conclusion: In the hospital setting mobile phones should be regularly decontaminated. Moreover, utmost
emphasis needs to be paid to hand washing practices among HCWs.

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Published
2018-10-31
How to Cite
Saeed, M., Naveed, M., Rasheed, F., Iram, S., Akhtar, M., & Imran, A. A. (2018). BUGGED MOBILE PHONES OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS COULD TRANSMIT MORE THAN JUST A CALL. Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal, 68(5), 1173-78. Retrieved from https://mail.pafmj.org/index.php/PAFMJ/article/view/2286
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