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Hospital pillows major source of infection

June 24, 2011
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LONDON — According to a new study, patients are at risk of catching various deadly infections from so-called "biohazard" pillows, which are often riddled with bacteria, according to The Telegraph.

While nurses are required to wash their hands and disinfect bed frames and mattresses, they often underestimate the risk of infection posed by a dirty pillow, the article stated.

According to the article, a study by The Barts and The London NHS Trust found 30 different types of infection in a sample of pillows taken from hospital wards, posing a significant risk of infection.

Even though used linen and bedding is changed between patients, the study still found a "very high and unacceptable percentage" of damaged pillows on three test wards, the article noted.

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