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A randomized, double-blind comparison of the effectiveness of environmental cleaning between infection control professionals and environmental service workers.

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  • 1 Department of Disinfection Surveillance and Vector Control, Hangzhou Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, P.R. China. , (China)
  • 2 Department of Infection Control, Hangzhou Red Cross Hospital, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, P.R. China. , (China)
  • 3 Department of Disinfection Surveillance and Vector Control, Hangzhou Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, P.R. China. Electronic address: [email protected] , (China)
Type
Published Article
Journal
American journal of infection control
1527-3296
Publication Date
Volume
43
Issue
3
Pages
292–294
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.ajic.2014.11.009
PMID: 25556049
Source
Medline
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Abstract

The hospital environment is a reservoir for pathogens, and environmental service workers (ESWs) play an important role in infection prevention. A randomized, double-blind comparison was carried out in a 23-bed intensive care unit of a traditional Chinese medical-Western medical hospital. Aerobic colony counts (ACC) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) were used to compare the effectiveness of environmental cleaning between infection control professionals and ESWs. The results suggest that high-touch surfaces around MRSA patients are often not sufficiently cleaned and are even cross-contaminated by ESWs after cleaning. Further educational intervention is needed for improvement of environmental cleaning.

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