Are hospital floors an underappreciated reservoir for transmission of health care-associated pathogens?

Abhishek Deshpande MD, PhD, Jennifer L. Cadnum BS, Dennis Fertelli BS, Brett Sitzlar BS, MPH, Priyaleela Thota MD, Thriveen S. Mana MS, MBA, Annette Jencson MT, CIC, Heba Alhmidi MD, Sreelatha Koganti MD, Curtis J. Donskey MD

In a survey of 5 hospitals, we found that floors in patient rooms were frequently contaminated with pathogens and high-touch objects such as blood pressure cuffs and call buttons were often in contact with the floor. Contact with objects on floors frequently resulted in transfer of pathogens to hands.