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October 25, 2005

Q: What Hospital-Room Device Carries the Most Bacteria?

A: The TV remote control.

According to UPI, a study by Chuck Gerba, a microbiology professor at the University of Arizona, said TV remote controls tend to carry more harmful microbes than toilet-bowl handles, bathroom doors or call buttons. Not too surprisingly, Gerba said he found methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria on TV remotes.

Gerba's study involved 15 hospital rooms and 28 TV remotes. He found, on average, 320 different types of bacteria on the remotes, compared to an average 91 in other locations -- including hand rails, call buttons, tray tables, door knobs, faucet handles and toilet flush handles.


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