87 The Contaminated Hospital Room as a Source of Acquisition of Nosocomial Pathogens

Saturday, March 20, 2010: 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
Centennial III-IV (Hyatt Regency Atlanta)
CME Credits: 2
Type: Oral
Summary: Although the major mechanism of transmission of nosocomial pathogens likely occurs via contaminated hands, there is a growing realization that contaminated environmental surfaces also play an important role in transmission. The key pathogens for which environmental contamination have been linked to transmission will be discussed including MRSA, vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE), norovirus, C. difficile, and Acinetobacter. Faculty will discuss the evidence that cleaning often fails to remove these pathogens, as well as methods to improve cleaning and disinfection. The session will describe novel methods of room disinfection including UV light and vaporized hydrogen peroxide. Faculty will review medical devices that if contaminated can act as sources for nosocomial transmission such as computers, mattresses, thermometers, and others.
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Co-Organized by:
National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF)
Matthew Arduino and William A. Rutala, PhD, MPH
4:00 PM
4:40 PM
5:20 PM
Novel Methods of Room Disinfection: UV Light, Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide, Low Level H2O2
William Rutala, PhD, MPH, University of North Carolina School of Medicine