Enhanced disinfection leads to reduction of microbial contamination and a decrease in patient colonization and infection.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Multicenter Study;Pragmatic Clinical Trial)

In this prospective study, we monitored 4 epidemiologically important pathogens (EIPs): methicillin-resistane Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), Clostridium difficile, and multidrug-resistant (MDR) Acinetobacter to assess the effectiveness of 3 enhanced disinfection strategies for terminal room disinfection against standard practice. Our data demonstrated that a decrease in room contamination with EIPs of 94% was associated with a 35% decrease in subsequent patient colonization and/or infection.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rutala, WA; Kanamori, H; Gergen, MF; Knelson, LP; Sickbert-Bennett, EE; Chen, LF; Anderson, DJ; Sexton, DJ; Weber, DJ; and the CDC Prevention Epicenters Program,

Published Date

  • September 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 39 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 1118 - 1121

PubMed ID

  • 30060770

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1559-6834

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/ice.2018.165


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States