The Effect of Terminal Cleaning on Environmental Contamination Rates of Multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter Baumannii

We evaluated the prevalence of multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii environmental contamination before and after discharge cleaning in rooms of infected/colonized patients. 46.9% of rooms and 15.3% of sites were found contaminated precleaning, and 25% of rooms and 5.5% of sites were found contaminated postcleaning. Cleaning significantly decreased environmental contamination of A baumannii; however, persistent contamination represents a significant risk factor for transmission. Further studies on this and more effective cleaning methods are needed.

http://www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553%2812%2901020-6/abstract