Enhanced Environmental Disinfection Strategies Leads to Improved Patient Outcomes

Author: William A. Rutala, Ph.D, MPH, CIC

Type: Article
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Over the past decade, there is excellent evidence in the scientific literature that contaminated environmental surfaces in patient rooms and noncritical patient care items play an important role in the transmission of several key healthcare-associated pathogens including MRSA, VRE, Acinetobacter, norovirus, and Clostridium difficile.

In this article, Dr. Rutala reviews current data supporting the need for appropriate surface disinfection and use of emerging technologies to reduce the risk of transmission.

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