Are laptop ventilation-blowers a potential source of nosocomial infections for patients?

Katja Siegmund, Nils Hübner, Claus-Dieter Heidecke, Ronny Brandenburg, Kristian Rackow, Hicham Benkhai, Volker Schnaak, Harald Below, Tina Dornquast, Ojan Assadian & Axel Kramer
Inadequately performed hand hygiene and non-disinfected surfaces are two reasons why the keys and mouse-buttons of laptops could be sources of microbial contamination resulting consequently in indirect transmission of potential pathogens and nosocomial infections. Until now the question has not been addressed whether the ventilation-blowers in laptops are actually responsible for the spreading of nosocomial pathogens. Therefore, an investigational experimental model was developed which was capable of differentiating between the microorganisms originating from the external...