The adherence of bacteria examined was the highest on polyethylene catheters. PubMed.gov
University Study: Nasal Cannula stored in Plastic Bag vs. Mesh Bag
California University Study http://www.ippmfg.com/materials/CSUChicoStudy.pdf
MRSA & VRE Survived over 90 days on Plastic.
Journal of Clinical Microbiology http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC86187/
Plastic Identification Badges spread pathogens.
AMSUS 2013 Annual Meeting http://www.slideshare.net/veteransadvocate1/amsus-2013-annual-meeting
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In a study at a California State University completed February 27, 2013, the time zero numbers were captured to chart the actual increase or decrease of the staph microbial counts on the nasal cannula in a Plastic Bag, Polyester Mesh Bag & Spun Fiber Polypropylene Bag (SF-1) for 1 hour.
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