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A research team led by the Western Sydney University
(WSU) has published its latest findings that highlight a new
integrated cleanliness monitoring process which assists in
locating the presence of multi-resistant organisms (MROs)
within healthcare settings -- notably in busy ICUs.
The study's title is A pilot study into finding the bad bugs
in a busy Intensive Care Unit. The new method uses a novel
combination of existing cleanliness monitoring methods and
applies the strengths in each individual method to overcome
the weaknesses in each of the alternative methods.
The study is presented as the lead article in the prestigious American Journal of
Infection Control (AJIC) in the December 2015 issue and Greg Whiteley is the principal
author from the WSU team.
"This new approach has major implications for cleaning and cleanliness as there was
a seven- fold greater likelihood of quickly finding the less clean locations than using
the traditional method, which uses microbiology sampling in isolation," explained Mr
Whiteley. "These organisms cannot be seen and are very hard to locate and then eradicate.
"The surprising findings include the number and variety of multi-resistant bacteria
located well away from the patient surrounds," Mr Whiteley added.
The study identified the hazards on clinical workstations within busy ICUs. Nine of 13
confirmed MROs found during the study were located on items such as clinical workstations
chairs, clipboards, keyboards, telephones, and a computer mouse. Many of these frequently
touched objects are often overlooked by routine (daily) hospital cleaning protocols.
"The selective use of rapid ATP testing was critical in achieving a real time indication
of where to sample and what to sample in the ICUs," Mr Whiteley pointed out. The
methods of sampling were also said to be novel and used a new approach to both
environmental sampling and bacterial recovery.
"While our results are from the first pilot study of its type, we expect that these results
will be similar for most healthcare settings due to the nature of the multi-resistant
bacteria and their ability to survive and persist in biofilms located on common surfaces,"
Mr Whiteley stated.
"This study highlights the need for vigilance in surface hygiene and hand hygiene
compliance by all staff and visitors within critical care environments such as an ICU,"
Mr Whiteley emphasised that this study underlines the importance of local research
and indicates the challenges for the medical community and the general community as
bacteria develop increasing resistance to antibiotics.
"More research is needed on cleaning and hygiene," he stressed.
armoury to fight MROs
Greg Whiteley, director of Whiteley Corporation, shares with INCLEAN
a study using an innovative integrated monitoring process to identify the
locations of deadly bugs within busy hospital intensive care units (ICUs).
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