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Letters Mobile phones: unhelpful apps

Doctors taking a pulse using their mobile phone can spread MRSA

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 17 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e412
  1. Thomas C Morris, infectious diseases registrar1,
  2. Luke S P Moore, infectious diseases registrar1,
  3. Sunil Shaunak, professor of infectious diseases1
  1. 1Department of Infectious Diseases, Imperial College London, Hammersmith Hospital, London W12 0NN, UK
  1. s.shaunak{at}

We undertook a one day survey of bacterial contamination of doctors’ fingertips before and after using their mobile phone to take a patient’s pulse.1 Mobile phones are known to act as a reservoir for bacteria,2 3 but their role in onward transmission of bacteria has not been adequately analysed. We enrolled 20 …

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