- •Patient room floors in 5 hospitals were often contaminated with health care-associated pathogens.
- •It was not uncommon for high-touch objects to be direct contact with the floor.
- •Touching objects on the floor frequently resulted in transfer of pathogens to hands.
- •Floors in hospital rooms could be an underappreciated source for pathogen dissemination.
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Funded by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (grant no. 1R1845020004-01A1 to C.J.D.) and by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Conflicts of interest: A.D. has received research grants from 3M, Steris, and Clorox. C.J.D. has received research grants from Ecolab, Merck, GOJO, Clorox, Steris, and Pfizer.