Enhanced hospital cleaning = lower superbug infection

A new study in the academic journal Archives of Internal Medicine from researchers at the University of California indicates that the risk of MRSA superbug infection in intensive care units (ICUs) was sharply reduced through enhanced cleaning practices.

The study notes: "Admission to intensive care unit rooms previously occupied by carriers of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or vancomycin-resistant enteroccoci (VRE) had been found to confer a 40% increased risk of acquisition, presumably through environmental contamination. Subsequently, a cleaning intervention was shown to reduce MRSA and VRE room contamination." The study evaluated "the effect of this intervention on the risk of acquiring MRSA and VRE from prior room occupants."

With the enhanced cleaning intervention, MRSA infection was lowered from 3.0% to 1.5%, and VRE infection from 3.0% to 2.2%. 


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