Fake Nails & Hospital Bacteria - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/29/05

Fake Nails & Hospital Bacteria

A new study shows a resistant form of staph infection can survive for months on hospital surfaces.

Researchers tested three potential sources of staph infections: bed linens, computer keyboards, and acrylic fingernails. They found that staph could stay alive for about two weeks on bed linens, six weeks on keyboards and eight weeks on acrylic nails. All this goes back to the importance of frequent hand washing.

By the way, all the Lubbock hospitals have policies against acrylic nails in intensive care or high risk areas. We found that Highland Hospital had the strongest policy of all. It's not just the nurses there who have to forego the acrylic nails, even pharmaceutical or dietary technicians must say no to fake nails at Highland if they have direct patient care.

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