Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology

Concise Communication

Daily Disinfection of High-Touch Surfaces in Isolation Rooms to Reduce Contamination of Healthcare Workers' Hands

Sirisha Kundrapua1, Venkata Sunkesulaa1, Lucy A. Jurya2, Brett M. Sitzlara2 and Curtis J. Donskeya2a3 c1

a1 Research Service, Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio

a2 Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center, Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio

a3 Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio

Abstract

In a randomized nonblinded trial, we demonstrated that daily disinfection of high-touch surfaces in rooms of patients with Clostridium difficile infection and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization reduced acquisition of the pathogens on hands after contacting high-touch surfaces and reduced contamination of hands of healthcare workers caring for the patients.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2012;33(10):1039-1042

(Received January 08 2012)

(Accepted April 19 2012)

Correspondence

c1 Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 10701 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106 (curtisd123@yahoo.com)