Environmental Cleaning Intervention Reduces Transmission of Multidrug-Resistant Organisms in ICUs
The multi-modal cleaning intervention consists of three parts: a change from use of a pour bottle to bucket immersion for applying disinfectant to cleaning cloths; an educational campaign involving the environmental services staff at the hospital; and feedback method using removal of intentionally-applied marks visible only under UV light.
“Although the risk of acquiring MRSA and VRE is already low, this study suggests that there are additional preventative measures that hospitals can take to reduce the risk of transmission from one patient to another,” said
The retrospective study of more than 13,000 hospital stays in 10 ICUs at a large, tertiary care academic medical center in
The research was funded by the CDC Prevention Epicenters program and a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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SOURCE Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America