Beyond high-touch surfaces: Portable equipment and floors as potential sources of transmission of health care-associated pathogens

Am J Infect Control. 2019 Jun;47S:A90-A95. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2019.03.017.


Efforts to improve environmental cleaning and disinfection typically focus primarily on high-touch surfaces in patient rooms. This review highlights evidence that portable equipment and other shared devices and floors may be underappreciated as sources of dissemination of health care-associated pathogens. Practical approaches to address these sites of contamination are emphasized.

Keywords: Candida; Clostridioides difficile; Environment; Ultraviolet-C light; methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; wheelchair.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cross Infection / transmission*
  • Disease Transmission, Infectious*
  • Equipment and Supplies / microbiology*
  • Floors and Floorcoverings
  • Fomites / microbiology*
  • Health Facilities
  • Humans
  • Infection Control / methods