3 Cleaning Techniques Combat Hospital Contamination

May 3, 2013 | Crandall & Pera Law
3 Cleaning Techniques Combat Hospital Contamination

Human behavior may be at least as important as technological innovation when it comes to controlling C. difficile bacteria contamination of hospital rooms, a leading cause of deadly infections. 

Over nearly two years at Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, researchers imposed three cleaning techniques to nearly eliminate the microbe: fluorescent markers whose disappearance after cleaning provided feedback on thoroughness, an ultraviolet radiation device to enhance regular cleaning, and a daily disinfection team requiring assessment and clearance of disinfected rooms by supervisory staff.

Before these procedures were put in place, 67 percent of rooms produce positive cultures for C. difficile. Use of fluorescent markers reduced it to 57 percent; automated UV radiation cut it to 35 percent; and imposing the supervised assessment and clearance made it so only 7 percent of rooms had positive cultures.

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Safer Hospital Rooms

Infections occur in many patients, whether the cause is surgery or the hospital's environment. Infection control is increasing the detection of the bacterial responsible for many wrongful deaths and infections which lead to injury and death.

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