Thursday, March 31, 2011

Enhanced Cleaning of ICUs Associated With Reduced Risk of MRSA Transmission

An intervention for enhanced cleaning of intensive care unit (ICU) rooms that included increased education on important cleaning techniques was associated with a lower rate of acquisition of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in rooms that were previously occupied by MRSA carriers, according to a report in the March 28 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.

“Environmental contamination with multidrug-resistant organisms may facilitate the spread of health care-associated infections. This is particularly important in ICUs, in which patients are at high risk of infection due to comorbidities [co-existing illnesses], wounds, and the use of medical devices. Prior research has shown that admission to an ICU room previously occupied by a patient harboring MRSA or vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) was associated with a 40 percent increased risk of acquisition,” according to background information in the article.

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