from Stiefel et al. 2011
published in ICHE 32(2): 185-187
DOI 10.1086/657944

Contamination of hands with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus after contact with environmental surfaces and after contact with the skin of colonized patients

Inanimate surfaces, and especially surfaces with frequent hand and skin contact, contribute significantly to the transmission of pathogens

This study analysed the risk of hand contamination after contact with skin or environmental sites of 40 methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) carriers. The authors found no difference in hand contamination after contact with contaminated skin or contaminated surfaces, suggesting that especially high-touch surfaces play a major role in transmission of pathogens.