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Surface disinfection in nursing homes--what is really happening? Study of control success in three Duisburg nursing homes

Surface disinfection in nursing homes--what is really happening? Study of control success in three Duisburg nursing homes

Gesundheitswesen ) 66(10): 682-687

The effectiveness of cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces was evaluated in three nursing homes using bacteriological monitoring. Samples from inmates (nose, throat and wounds) and surface cleaning equipment were also taken. Cleaning solutions, disinfectants and cleaning clothes were found to be highly contaminated in two of three institutions. Referring to the surfaces in some cases disinfection didn't reduce bacterial colony counts and seeded MRSA as a potential pathogen in one nursing home. Six MRSA-positive inmates and identical strains were registered in the environment. MRSA can be used as a marker organism to demonstrate effectiveness of cleaning. To achieve further improvement bacteriological monitoring can help in focussing special cleaning and disinfection related problems.

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PMID: 15499513

DOI: 10.1055/s-2004-813605

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