Study: Environmental Cleaning Makes Significant Difference in Reducing Risk of MRSA

Enhanced environmental cleaning of hospital intensive care units could potentially reduce MRSA and VRE transmission, according to research findings published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Researchers conducted an eight-month retrospective study of patients admitted to ICUs. Environmental cleaning of ICUs included black-light marker, cleaning cloths saturated with disinfectant through bucket immersion and education on repeat bucket immersion during cleaning. Results showed MRSA transmission was reduced from 3 percent to 1.5 percent and VRE transmission was reduced from 3 percent to 2.2 percent. Moreover, patients in rooms previously occupied by MRSA carriers had a lower risk of acquiring MRSA.

Read the study about environmental cleaning reduce MRSA transmission.

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