A prospective study of transmission of Multidrug-Resistant Organisms (MDROs) between environmental sites and hospitalized patients—the TransFER study

Hospital environmental surfaces are frequently contaminated by microorganisms. When contaminated, such surfaces can potentially act as vectors for transmission of bacteria that can lead to healthcare associated infections (HAIs). Although contaminated surfaces have been hypothesized to play an important role in the causal pathway of HAIs, the nature, direction, persistence, and quantity of bacterial transfer between surfaces and patients remain poorly understood….

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