Environmental services strategies for common superbugs

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June 23, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee offered information on ways to reduce the risk for transmission multidrug-resistant organisms and other emergent pathogens, according to an article on the Health Facilities Management website.

 C. difficile, for instance, is a tremendous source of mortality and morbidity to the healthcare delivery system.

The CDC recommendations for C. difficile include:

• Isolating patients with suspected or confirmed C. difficile disease immediately.

• Collaborating with the facility’s ES professionals to ensure that room surfaces are cleaned thoroughly on a daily basis and also upon discharge. It is important to use an EPA-approved, spore-killing disinfectant for units where there is potential transmission.

Read the article.



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