THE mobile phones of medical professionals could be a reservoir of bacterial growth and transmission according to a student research project under way at the Launceston Clinical School.
Fourth year medical student Foong Yi Chao and his supervisor and chief investigator Dr Kathryn Ogden were one of seven research projects that received a portion of $180,000 in grants by the Clifford Craig Medical Research Trust today.
The trust’s chairman associate professor Don McTaggart said the research project was the first of its kind in Australia.
“It is one that is important for what we may find out about the transmission of bacteria and what we (as health professionals) can do to prevent the spread,” Professor McTaggart said.
“It’s got plenty of important implications.”
The researchers believe their study will find important results as mobile phone use has increased significantly in recent years and cleaning them between visits to patients had yet to become part of daily clinical practice.
Full story in The Examiner tomorrow.
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