Focus: Infection Control

Spanish hospital wins battle with two superbugs

January 4, 2018

From July to October 2015, the infection control team at the of La Paz University Hospital in Spain identified a surge in cases of patients infected or colonized with OXA-48-PE or MRAB, according to an article on the Contagion Live website.

The hospital infection control team implemented several advanced measures to stop the spread. The ICU received a deep clean using 500-ppm chlorine solution and reinforcement of hand hygiene and contact precautions for all patients. 

Affected patients were isolated in a specific area of the ICU and cared for by designed staff. Vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VHP) was used to decontaminate the area after cleaning with the chlorine solution. 

The infection control team also utilized 4% chlorhexidine soap for daily hygiene. The control efforts were successful and further transmission of the organisms was halted. 

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