- French researchers conducted a study to analyze close proximity interactions (CPIs) and Staphylococcus aureus transmission in a long-term care facility.
- Wireless electronic sensors, which are being increasingly used in epidemiological studies, were used to inform on contacts leading to the transmission of S. aureas.
- During the course of the study, 173 transmission events were observed between participants. There was a higher dissemination risk between healthcare workers and patients than there was between patients.
Wireless electronic devices that measure CPIs can be used by hospitals as a potential tool for controlling the spread of healthcare-associated infections. They are also a useful for collecting surveillance data.