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Filthy X-Ray Equipment Blamed for Spreading Infections in Hospitals

Israeli researchers looking into the spread of drug-resistant infections in hospital intensive-care units are pointing a finger of blame at portable X-ray equipment that is not properly sanitized.

Officials from Hadassah Hebrew University Hospital in Jerusalem say observation of technicians performing 173 chest X-rays found that more often than not, the machines may be spreading infections among patients. In only two of the procedures, just one percent of the total, adequate infection control measures were used. Testing of the equipment found drug-resistant bacteria on the surfaces of 12 out of 30 of the X-ray machines, according to a Reuters News report.

While unsanitary handling of medical equipment has been named as a suspect before, authors of the study said theirs is the first to look specifically at portable X-ray machines and technicians who use them as a possible source of spreading drug-resistant infections in hospitals.

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