Daily disinfection of isolation rooms 'cuts rates of contamination on medical professionals' hands'

14 September 2012

Disinfecting isolation rooms on a daily basis cuts the contamination of healthcare workers' hands, according to new research.

A study published in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidermiology found that in rooms with daily disinfections, there were significant reductions in the amount and frequency of pathogens on the hands of investigators and healthcare personnel caring for patients.

Contamination rate of healthcare workers' hands stood at a rate of 6.4 per cent with daily disinfection, compared to 30 per cent with standard cleaning in isolation rooms containing C.difficile and MRSA isolation rooms.

"These findings add to the growing body of evidence supporting environmental cleaning and disinfection as an important infection control strategy," said Sirisha Kundrapu, the study's lead author.

"The intervention was simple, inexpensive, and well-accepted by patients and staff."

In the study, researchers compared the regular cleaning habits of staff with the daily disinfection of high-touch surfaces including bed rails, bedside tables, call buttons, phones, toilet seats and bathroom hand rails.

Posted by Edward Bartel


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