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Stop superbugs through better housekeeping

June 30, 2011
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PETERBOROUGH, ON — The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions is demanding more money for better housekeeping and more private rooms to help curtail the spread of superbugs, according to the Peterborough Examiner.

Sharon Richer, Northern Ontario vice president of Ontario Council of Hospital Unions, explained that hospitals could see fewer deaths due to these infections if hospitals hired more housekeeping staff and cleaned every hospital room as thoroughly as they would an isolation room, the article stated.

According to the article, this thorough cleaning would include cleaning the ceiling, walls, beds and equipment, as well as throwing away any exposed equipment even if it''s unused.

"Thirty percent to 50 percent of the deaths are preventable just by cleaning," Richer said at the Royal Canadian Legion, where the union had set up a mock hospital room to show how one is properly cleaned.

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