Bacterial contamination of radiography equipment in radiology departments of Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences (2010)

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avatar Mohamed Rasoul Tohidnia 1 , * , avatar Jaleh Dezfolimanesh 2 , avatar Afshin Almasi 3

Dept. of Radiology, School of Paramedicine, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran
Dept. of Microbiology, School of Paramedicine, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran
Dept. of Biostatistics, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

how to cite: Tohidnia M R, Dezfolimanesh J, Almasi A. Bacterial contamination of radiography equipment in radiology departments of Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences (2010). J Kermanshah Univ Med Sci. 2012;16(3):e78806.

Abstract

The present study investigated bacterial contamination of radiography equipment in Radiology Departments of Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences.
In this study 196 samples had taken from Radiography equipment surfaces of hospitals. The results showed that bacterial contaminations were existed in 91.7% of samples. The highest frequency of bacterial colonies was coagulase negative staphylococcus type (28.9%) and the highest relative contamination of radiography equipment was related to radiographic cassettes (40%).
This study confirmed that radiography equipments can act as bacterial reservoirs and has significant contribution to the releasing of nosocomial infections. The most important factors in bacterial contamination were radiology technicians' hands and severe weakness in the hygiene practice of radiology departments.

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