Unexpected categories at risk of S. aureus nasal carriage among hospital workers

Résumé : Objectives Thirty percent of the general population are Staphylococcus aureus nasal carriers. It has been shown that this increases with repeated contact with patients, but it is not known whether all categories of healthcare workers are at equal risk of carriage. We aimed to explore S. aureus nasal carriage among healthcare professionals. Methods Prospective study conducted in two French university hospitals in 2014 and 2016. Volunteers were screened for S. aureus nasal carriage. Profession and hygiene habits were collected. Based on the results of this initial study, a second study focused on semi-skilled workers and biomedical equipment technicians (BETs) only; participants were given education on the basic rules of hygiene, then re-screened three months later. Results In the initial study, 38.8% of the 436 participants were detected as nasal carriers. There was a significant difference in nasal carriage according to professional category (p?
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Sandrine Boisset, Mitra Saadatian-Elahi, Caroline Landelle, Michèle Bes, Claude-Alexandre Gustave, et al.. Unexpected categories at risk of S. aureus nasal carriage among hospital workers. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, Elsevier, 2019, pp. 1093-1097. ⟨10.1016/j.ijheh.2019.08.003⟩. ⟨hal-02352128⟩



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