Patient shoe covers: Transferring bacteria from the floor onto surgical bedsheets

Justin Galvin BSc, Ahmad Almatroudi MPH, Karen Vickery PhD, Anand Deva MBBS, Lillian Kelly Oliveira Lopes MN, Dayane de Melo Costa MN, Honghua Hu PhD

Forty disposable medical shoe covers were briefly exposed to the surgical floor and were found contaminated by a large number of bacteria. This study also demonstrated live bacteria, including pathogens attached to contaminated shoe covers, can be subsequently transferred to surgical bedsheets. We suggest an infection control policy should be considered to prevent patients returning to their bed with contaminated disposable shoe covers.