Enhanced disinfection leads to reduction of microbial contamination and a decrease in patient colonization and infection

William A. Rutala, Hajime Kanamori, Maria F. Gergen, Lauren P. Knelson, Emily E. Sickbert-Bennett, Luke F. Chen, Deverick J. Anderson, Daniel J. Sexton, David J. Weber

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Abstract

In this prospective study, we monitored 4 epidemiologically important pathogens (EIPs): methicillin-resistane Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), Clostridium difficile, and multidrug-resistant (MDR) Acinetobacter to assess the effectiveness of 3 enhanced disinfection strategies for terminal room disinfection against standard practice. Our data demonstrated that a decrease in room contamination with EIPs of 94% was associated with a 35% decrease in subsequent patient colonization and/or infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1118-1121
Number of pages4
JournalInfection control and hospital epidemiology
Volume39
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Sep 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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    Rutala, W. A., Kanamori, H., Gergen, M. F., Knelson, L. P., Sickbert-Bennett, E. E., Chen, L. F., Anderson, D. J., Sexton, D. J., & Weber, D. J. (2018). Enhanced disinfection leads to reduction of microbial contamination and a decrease in patient colonization and infection. Infection control and hospital epidemiology, 39(9), 1118-1121. https://doi.org/10.1017/ice.2018.165