Put a lid on it: Lidless toilets in hospitals spread dangerous infection

A newly published study in the International Journal of Hospital Infection concluded that bacteria that can cause a life threatening infection, Clostridium difficile, is spread when lidless toilets are flushed. The lack of a toilet lid allows bacteria-laden material into the air which can contaminate surrounding surfaces. The researchers found bacterial counts in the area near the toilet handle to be 12 times higher in a lidless toilet than one with a lid.

These findings highlight the need for strict sanitation measures in the hospital especially around patients who are prone to infection. Frequent hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, and frequent cleaning of toilets and surfaces near toilets are simple and inexpensive steps that can reduce the spread of infection to health care workers and patients.

If you experience lack of sanitary conditions in a doctor's office, clinic, or hospital then develop an infection, please contact McKeen & Associates, P.C.; we will discuss your situation and provide you with sound legal advice.

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