Study: Improved Cleaning Practices Reduced Pathogens in ORFeedback with environmental cultures and UV markers improved cleaning in a hospital's operating room, according to a study in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.
Researchers used feedback with UV markers and environmental cultures at a 1,500-bed county teaching hospital. They found the proportion of UV markers that were cleaned increased from 0.47 markers to 0.82 markers.
While the percentage of samples yielding pathogenic organisms did not change over the course of the study, the percentage of surfaces from which pathogenic organisms were recovered decreased from 10.7 percent to 2.3 percent after the new cleaning method.
The authors concluded feedback using environmental cultures and UV markers can improve the degree of cleaning in the OR.
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