Pathogens causing hospital acquired infections may be exogenous e.g originating from the innate hospital environment. It is currently not known where exactly these pathogens reside and what the micro-composition is from this microbial contamination. It is also known that highly resistant microorganisms can survive in the environment from several days up to weeks. This could mean that nightstands, sinks or tables in the patient environment can act as a continuous source of transmission.
This study will give us insight into microbial contamination, resistance genes resides and can change our policy on cleaning and disinfection as well as disinfectants used.