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Paper medical records unlikely to be contaminated by serious pathogens

September 2, 2015

The medical charts of patients isolated for colonization or infection with special organisms were not contaminated with those bacteria, according to German researchers, who found only normal environmental bacteria in moderate or low levels.

“Despite those multiple opportunities for contamination of medical charts in patients with special organisms placed under long-term isolation, we could not demonstrate transfer of these organisms onto their paper records,” Sebastian Schulz-Stübner, MD, and colleagues wrote in a letter to the editor in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

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