Patient shoe covers: transferring bacteria from the floor onto surgical bedsheets

Justin Galvin, Ahmad Almatroudi, Karen Vickery, Anand Deva, Lillian Kelly Oliveira Lopes, Dayane de Melo Costa, Honghua Hu*

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Forty disposable medical shoe covers were briefly exposed to the surgical floor and were found contaminated by a large number of bacteria. This study also demonstrated live bacteria, including pathogens attached to contaminated shoe covers, can be subsequently transferred to surgical bedsheets. We suggest an infection control policy should be considered to prevent patients returning to their bed with contaminated disposable shoe covers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1417-1419
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


  • shoe covers
  • bedsheet
  • bacteria
  • transfer
  • infection control
  • surgical site infections


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