Structured Summary

Background

Smartphones used in clinical settings harbour potentially pathogenic bacteria, and this may pose an infection risk. Previous studies have relied on culture-based methods.

Aim

To characterize the quantity and diversity of microbial contamination of hospital staff smartphones using culture-dependent and culture-independent methods. To determine the prevalence of antibiotic resistant potential pathogens. To compare microbial communities of hospital staff and control group phones.

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Methods

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