Study Shows C. diff Reduced When Facilities Increase Disinfection Practices

According to a researchers, enhanced disinfection methods can dramatically reduce the presence of the resilient Clostridium difficile (C. diff) organisms in healthcare facilities. The study published in the journal of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology looked at efforts by a veterans hospital to eliminate C. diff. from infected rooms during a persistent outbreak.

When the facility added ultraviolet disinfection devices to the cleaning regimen, the number of infected rooms fell 48 percent from the baseline. The facility then established a dedicated team of housekeepers who were educated about disinfection. The team cleaned high-touch surfaces daily with germicidal wipes, and any room that tested positive for C. diff  completely was recleaned and disinfected.This special disinfection team brought infection rates down 89 percent. A study released this spring also revealed the need for greater education amongst nurses and care takers about the bacteria. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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