Adhesive tape in the health care setting: another high-risk fomite?

Patrick N A Harris, Chris Ashhurst-Smith, Sandy J Berenger, Alison Shoobert and John K Ferguson
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/mja11.11211
Published online: 16 January 2012

To the Editor: We read with interest the article by Pinto and colleagues regarding colonisation of reusable tourniquets by multiresistant organisms (MROs).1 We highlight that surgical adhesive tape also has the potential to act as a significant fomite in health care settings.

  • Patrick N A Harris
  • Chris Ashhurst-Smith
  • Sandy J Berenger
  • Alison Shoobert
  • John K Ferguson

  • Hunter Area Pathology Service, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, NSW.

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