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Reduction of Clostridium Difficile and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus contamination of environmental surfaces after an intervention to improve cleaning methods.

During a 6-week period, commonly touched surfaces (ie bedrails, telephones, call buttons, door knobs, toilet seats, and bedside tables) in rooms of patients with CDAD and VRE colonization or infection were monitored before and after housekeeping cleaning, and again after disinfection with 10% bleach by research staff. Of 17 rooms of patients with VRE, 16 (94%) had 1or more +ve environmental cultures before cleaning versus 12 (71%) after cleaning, whereas none had +ve cultures after bleach disinfection by the research staff. Of 9 rooms of patients with CDAD, 100% had positive cultures prior to cleaning vs. 7 (78%) after cleaning (p = 0.50), whereas only 1 (11%) had +ve cultures after bleach disinfection by research staff. After an educational intervention, contamination rates after housekeeping cleaning were significantly reduced. BMC Infectious Diseases 2007;7:61.