Focus: Infection Control

Study says removing sinks from ICU cuts bacterial colonization

June 19, 2017

A recent study said "water-free" patient care and the removal of intensive care unit patient room sinks can reduce the number of ICU patients colonized with gram-negative bacteria, according to an article on the Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality website.

The study was published in the journal Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control.

The presence of multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacilli in tap water is a growing concern for hospitals, the article said. 

Multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria include Salmonella, Pseudomonas, Shigella, Yersinia and the Enterobacteriaceae family.

Read the article.



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