First, there were concerns about bacteria levels on medical doctors’ ties.
Then, concern shifted to the level of bacteria found on computer keyboards in hospitals.
Now, it’s lift buttons.
According to an article in the October 2010 issue of Health & care Management, the magazine of the Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM), “The number of bacteria present on a lift button is more than three times higher than on a public toilet seat, according to new findings. Research carried out in toilets, restaurants, banks, offices and airports showed that the level of bacteria on lift button averaged 2,200 colony-forming units per square centimetre, compared with eight on the average toilet seat.”
Healthcare Governance Review wonders when the Department of Health will issue guidance on the matter for healthcare facilities?