Bacteria Growing on Cell Phones of Healthcare Workers

doctor cellphone

A recent study conducted in Turkey showed that cell phones used by doctors, nurses and other health care staff have significant growth of bacteria.  Ninety percent of health care workers said they never cleaned their cellphones.  

200 doctors, nurses and other health care staff agreed to have their hands and their cell phones tested for bacteria.  95% of mobile phones had growth of bacteria, and the bacterial species matched those cultured from the hands of the owners.   Even more concerning is that 52% of the staph species cultured from the phones and 38% from the hands of health care workers grew a resistant species called methicillin resistant Staphlococcus aureus (MRSA).  MRSA is often a resistant organisms which grows in hospital and other settings where patients have received many antibiotics, resulting in the proliferation of hardier strains of a bacteria.

Studies show that bacteria is found on doctors’ ties, cell phones and hands.  Handwashing and keeping personal items clean are two important things that health care workers can do to prevent the spread of bacteria to patients.


Ulger F, et. al. Ann Clin Microbiol Antimicrob. 2009:8:7.

Last Updated August 13, 2010

3 thoughts on “Bacteria Growing on Cell Phones of Healthcare Workers

  1. What happened to Juice Plus+ in that line up. It is high in fiber, and after 28 days increases your lutein level by 44%, the Alpha-tocopherol by 58%. the Beta-Carotene by 510%, the Alpha-carotene level by 119% and the Lycophene by 2046% all naturally. Plus it lowers the Serum Lipid peroxides by 75%. 3 research Bio-Availabilty Studies have been done. It has been shown to enhance the Immune System and together with the Vineyard blend to help clean arteries after a high fat meal

    Don’t forget about exercis.

    Why take a man=made product for Lutein and Vit E when you can get it naturally from Juice Plus?

    • Specifically about Vitamin E: I do not recommend Vitamin E as a supplement AT ALL due to studies which show it increased “All Cause Mortality” The best hypothesis is that it is better to get Vitamin E naturally through your diet rather than as ANY supplement. Lutein: If Juice Plus increases Lutein in the macula (I don’t know of studies showing that it concentrates luetein in the macula where it is needed), then it is probably reasonable to use in patients with age related macular degeneration. Sunglasses use is also important to prevent damage to the macula.

      I do not know of ANY studies on ANY supplement or medication (including statins) that show that it cleans arteries after a fatty meal. Otherwise it would be recommended by the USPTS for everyone. I think it is important to be able to back up claims. Juice Plus is a supplement and is not approved by the FDA to “enhance” the immune system or clean arteries. It is likely a safe alternative for people who don’t eat healthy diets, but is not a substitute for a healthy diet. Lowering lipid peroxides does not mean it lowers risk of heart attack or stroke, and so JP should not and cannot claim to lower cholesterol (if it is a supplement, FDA does not evaluate any of it’s claims) or prevent heart attack or stroke. That important distinction needs to be made. Supplements can only say that they support heart health or immune health, not treat or prevent any medical illness.

      You bring up an excellent point that exercise is important. It HAS been shown to help prevent heart attack, stroke, diabetes, hypertension and other medical conditions.

      Thanks for your comment!

      Dr. Vee

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