Do You Wash Your Hands After Using The Elevator?

Do you wash your hands after pressing the elector button? If your answer is ‘NO’,then you are probably inviting a number of infections! Studies show that elevator buttons in hospitals carry more germs than toilets. Elevators had 61% germs in comparison to 43% germs on the surfaces of toilets. If you are visiting a hospital, as a carrier of germs you may end up passing on the microorganisms to the patient. You are also likely to get infected. Though the bacteria are not fatal, still they may cause severe infections. Wash your hands with a good disinfectant soap to avoid the contamination. Your health is priceless, isn’t it?

Hospital Elevator Buttons Dirtier Than Toilets: Study

The next time you take an elevator in a hospital, get a little cautious while pressing the buttons. A new study reveals that hospital elevator buttons may be dirtier than toilets.

Lead author of the study Donald Redelmeier, professor of medicine at University of Toronto said after you have used an elevator, it's a good idea to wash your hands.

For the study, a total of 120 elevator buttons and 96 toilet surfaces were swabbed over separate intervals at three hospitals in Canada.

Elevator buttons had a 61 per cent chance of bacterial growth while toilets had a lower 43 per cent level of contamination, the findings showed.

Since the samples in the study were only tested for bacterial infections, the amount of germs may even be higher.

The organisms found in both cases were not deadly germs, but elevator buttons widely used by people could be cause for worry.

In a hospital, a visitor is likely to come into contact with an elevator button or a toilet and may transmit organisms if interacting with patients.

The study was published in the journal Open Medicine more  

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thank you for educating so many of us. more  
Thanks. It is very helpful. I was ignorant before I read it. Regards. more  
That's right, I fully agree. more  
While this is a good precaution to be followed, I wonder how many precautions we can take in places like India where population itself is multiplying like bacteria ! Right from the entry gate handle, staircase railings, again doors everywhere, the enquiry desk etc and so many other areas where the countless public is in contact. I cannot say about the stethoscope and the BP meter which the nurses use at least on several patients in one go without without sterilizing ! Thanks to Grover ji for highlighting an issue. more  
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