October 10, 2015
SAN DIEGO — Enhanced terminal room disinfection strategies that utilized shortwave ultraviolet light significantly reduced patients’ risk for acquiring infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms, according to the results of a cluster-randomized crossover study.
“The hospital environment is an important component to patient care,” Deverick J. Anderson, MD, MPH, from Duke University Medical Center, said during a presentation. “For example, several studies have demonstrated that risk of acquisition is higher in patients who enter rooms recently vacated by a patient with [multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs)]. This risk likely comes from two important factors: first, these organisms can persist in the environment and second, these organisms are often allowed to persist in the environment, as the status quo of room cleaning is often inadequate.”