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Recent study reveals poor hospital cleaning

April 13, 2012
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PETERBOROUGH, ON — The health of hospital patients, staff and visitors is increasingly at risk, according to a March 2012 study, according to a press release.

Using hidden cameras in 11 Canadian hospitals, the examiners found "many of the hospitals were surprisingly inadequate when it comes to cleaning, in short they were dirty," and some were in such poor condition that they were referred to as "a real freaking disaster," the release stated.

According to the release, to test the cleanliness of the hospitals, researchers placed a harmless gel that glows under ultraviolet light on such things as elevator buttons, railings, door handles and light switches.

Twenty-four hours later, the gel was still found on the surfaces, "meaning the surfaces had not been cleaned at all," the release noted.

This is happening at a time when Canadian hospitals are experiencing a shocking number of increased cases of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), the release added.

Click here to read the complete release.

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