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Microbiological contamination of mobile phones of clinicians in intensive care units and neonatal care units in public hospitals in Kuwait

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Infectious Diseases, October 2015
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Title
Microbiological contamination of mobile phones of clinicians in intensive care units and neonatal care units in public hospitals in Kuwait
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BMC Infectious Diseases, October 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12879-015-1172-9
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Mohammed Heyba, Mohammad Ismaiel, Abdulrahman Alotaibi, Mohamed Mahmoud, Hussain Baqer, Ali Safar, Noura Al-Sweih, Abdullah Al-Taiar

Abstract

The objective of this study was to explore the prevalence of microbiological contamination of mobile phones that belong to clinicians in intensive care units (ICUs), pediatric intensive care units (PICUs), and neonatal care units (NCUs) in all public secondary care hospitals in Kuwait. The study also aimed to describe mobile phones disinfection practices as well as factors associated with mobile phone contamination. This is a cross-sectional study that included all clinicians with mobile phones in ICUs, PICUs, and NCUs in all secondary care hospitals in Kuwait. Samples for culture were collected from mobile phones and transported for microbiological identification using standard laboratory methods. Self-administered questionnaire was used to gather data on mobile phones disinfection practices. Out of 213 mobile phones, 157 (73.7 %, 95 % CI [67.2-79.5 %]) were colonized. Coagulase-negative staphylococci followed by Micrococcus were predominantly isolated from the mobile phones; 62.9 % and 28.6 % of all mobile phones, respectively. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Gram-negative bacteria were identified in 1.4 % and 7.0 % of the mobile phones, respectively. Sixty-eight clinicians (33.5 %) reported that they disinfected their mobile phones, with the majority disinfecting their mobile phones only when they get dirty. The only factor that was significantly associated with mobile phone contamination was whether a clinician has ever disinfected his/her mobile phone; adjusted odds ratio 2.42 (95 % CI [1.08-5.41], p-value = 0.031). The prevalence of mobile phone contamination is high in ICUs, PICUs, and NCUs in public secondary care hospitals in Kuwait. Although some of the isolated organisms can be considered non-pathogenic, various reports described their potential harm particularly among patients in ICU and NCU settings. Isolation of MRSA and Gram-negative bacteria from mobile phones of clinicians treating patients in high-risk healthcare settings is of a major concern, and calls for efforts to consider guidelines for mobile phone disinfection.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Norway 1 <1%
Unknown 124 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 34 27%
Student > Master 19 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 11 9%
Researcher 9 7%
Student > Postgraduate 8 6%
Other 30 24%
Unknown 14 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 35 28%
Nursing and Health Professions 17 14%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 14 11%
Immunology and Microbiology 11 9%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 6 5%
Other 23 18%
Unknown 19 15%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 25. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 06 August 2020.
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