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More in-depth cleaning of ICUs proves beneficial

March 30, 2011
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WASHINGTON — Cases of staph infections decline following a study that tests more comprehensive cleaning practices in hospitals'' intensive care units (ICU), according to the U.S. News and World Report.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has proven to spread from person to person in hospitals, however with the information found from this new study it has been revealed that enhanced cleaning can significantly decrease these stats (from 3 percent to 1.5 percent), according to the article.

The study involved testing the methods of applying cleaner — pouring versus using a cleaning cloth —and educating the staff in how to ensure that said method is being used at a maximum capacity, the article stated.

"Whereas enhanced ICU cleaning appears to be effective in decreasing MRSA and vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE) transmission, it may be more effective in reducing transmission of MRSA compared with VRE. Reasons for this difference may include the generally higher burden of VRE contamination and evidence that room contamination may be a major factor in VRE transmission," wrote Rupak Datta, of the University of California Irvine School of Medicine

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