Evaluation of an ultraviolet room disinfection protocol to decrease nursing home microbial burden, infection and hospitalization rates


Kovach C. R., Taneli Y., Neiman T., Dyer E. M., Arzaga A. J. A., Kelber S. T.

BMC INFECTIOUS DISEASES, vol.17, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1186/s12879-017-2275-2
  • Journal Name: BMC INFECTIOUS DISEASES
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Background: The focus of nursing home infection control procedures has been on decreasing transmission between healthcare workers and residents. Less evidence is available regarding whether decontamination of high-touch environmental surfaces impacts infection rates or resident outcomes. The purpose of this study was to examine if ultraviolet disinfection is associated with changes in: 1) microbial counts and adenosine triphosphate counts on hightouch surfaces; and 2) facility wide nursing home acquired infection rates, and infection-related hospitalization.