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  • Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, Volume 33, Issue 10
  • October 2012, pp. 1039-1042

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

  • Sirisha Kundrapu (a1), Venkata Sunkesula (a1), Lucy A. Jury (a2), Brett M. Sitzlar (a2) and Curtis J. Donskey (a2) (a3)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/667730
  • Published online: 02 January 2015
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

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