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Description:This image depicts a sink located in a healthcare setting, however, there were two details in this scenario that are often found to enhance the propagation of bacterial colonies responsible for potential nosocomial infections: the bar soap, and the faucet aerator.
In this case, the bar soap, which can become contaminated with bacteria, was set atop the sink in a manner that prevented it from properly drip-drying. Using a soap dispenser is a scientifically-proven superior method to facilitate handwashing. In scientific studies, the faucet aerator has been shown to collect, and enhance the growth of water-borne microorganisms, which if located close enough to a hospital patient’s bedside, could act to disperse harmful microbes in the patient’s direction when the sink is being used.
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Content Providers(s):CDC
Creation Date:1970
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Links:CDC - National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID); Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) Healthcare-associated Infections (HAI)
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