MDRO Transmission via Shared Equipment

Mentor Name:
Catherine Loc-Carrillo

Mentor Position:
Research Assistant Professor

Department:
Internal Medicine

College:
Medicine

Email:
c.loc.carrillo@hsc.utah.edu


Project Description:

The objective of this project is to characterize potential pathways for the transmission of MDROs via shared equipment networks. Shared equipment will be sampled at the start and end of the day shift, as well as after observed use. Samplers will track equipment used by time-stamping their location in real-time, using a floor map of the facility. Equipment will be tested for the presence of MDROs and total aerobic bacterial counts as a measure of microbial bioburden.



Opportunity Type:

IN PERSON - Volunteer; Prepare a UROP proposal; Write an Honors Thesis or Senior Thesis; Earn independent study credit


Student Role:

Student will help with taking environmental samples, obtaining observational data, and processing samples for microbiological analysis.


Student Benefits:

Gain experience in participating in a research study involving microbiology methods, and learning critical thinking.


Project Duration:

12-15 hr/wk Duration of the project is estimated to be 6-12 months but is based on existing experience of students in microbiological analysis.


Minimum Requirements:

Took AP Biology in High School. Students with other backgrounds are welcome but the project may take longer to complete and more background reading will be required.