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Study shows 96% of hospital workers' phones are contaminated

Ryan Block, @ryan

Have a friend who works in a hospital? Better think twice about using his or her cellphone next time you're kicking it; a study conducted at the Craigavon Area Hospital Group Trust in Northern Ireland has shown that hospital workers' cellphones often carry industrial strength pathogens, including the deadly MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphyloccus aureus). As many as 96% of the phones they tested, in fact, were apparently bacterially contaminated. If Northern Irish hospitals are any benchmark of sterility, makes you wonder why hospital employees aren't themselves fighting infections if so many of their phones are carrying such bacteria, but either way it looks like maybe the Koreans are right after all with the incessant silver-nano coating and those phone-sterilization procedures.

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