In the United States healthcare system, nearly one in 31 patients contract a nosocomial infection. Footwear worn in these hospital settings are a factor that should be considered when determining contributing agents and methods for organism transmission. The purpose of this review is to synthesize the current research on hospital footwear as a vector for organism transmission. Eight studies were included in this review to examine the impact of wearable interventions on footwear-related contamination in the hospital setting and organism transfer as it relates to footwear and hospital environments. The link between the organism load and diversity on hospital worn footwear and the hospital environment may be subject to a preventative intervention. After reviewing the selected research, it can be concluded that hospital footwear serves as a vector of organism transmission. In addition, the intervention of shoe covers appeared to be ineffective in lowering organism transmission. This synthesis will include a discussion based on the results of eight studies.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
College of Nursing
Frederick, David J., "Hospital Footwear as a Vector for Organism Transmission" (2020). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 706.