Are Superbugs Hiding on Supposedly Clean Items in Your Hospital?

October 31, 2018 | Strategic Insights for Health System


​The presence of dry biofilms containing bacterial pathogens is "virtually universal" on commonly used items in healthcare settings, according to a study in the November 2018 Journal of Hospital Infection. The authors analyzed 61 terminally cleaned items from three different hospitals in the United Kingdom. The items included folders, wooden trays, chairs, computer keyboards, and sanitizing bottles. They found multi-species dry biofilms on 95% of the samples.

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