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Sjöberg, Maria
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Sjöberg, M., Eriksson, M., Andersson, J. & Norén, T. (2014). Transmission of Clostridium difficile spores in isolation room environments and through hospital beds. Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica et Immunologica Scandinavica (APMIS), 122(9), 800-803
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Transmission of Clostridium difficile spores in isolation room environments and through hospital beds
2014 (English)In: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica et Immunologica Scandinavica (APMIS), ISSN 0903-4641, E-ISSN 1600-0463, Vol. 122, no 9, p. 800-803Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to determine the dissemination of Clostridium difficile (CD) spores in a hospital setting where the potassium monopersulfate-based disinfectant VirkonTM was used for cleaning. In the initial part of the study, we sampled 16 areas of frequent patient contact in 10 patient rooms where a patient with CD infection (CDI) had been accommodated. In the second part of the study, we obtained samples from 10 patient beds after discharge of CDI patients, both before and after the beds were cleaned. In the first part, CDspores were isolated in only 30% of the rooms. In the second part, which focused on transmission to hospital beds, C. difficile was found in four of 10 beds either before or after cleaning. In conclusion, in both parts of the study, we demonstrated a moderate spread of CD spores to the environment despite routine cleaning procedures involving VirkonTM. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2014
Keywords
Clostridium difficult spores, environment, disinfectant
National Category
Immunology in the medical area Microbiology in the medical area
Research subject
Immunology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-33481 (URN)10.1111/apm.12218 (DOI)000341151300011 ()24475890 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-84906789978 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2014-01-31 Created: 2014-01-31 Last updated: 2018-06-04Bibliographically approved
Sjöberg, M. & Eriksson, M. (2010). Hand disinfectant practice: the impact of an education intervention. Open Nursing Journal, 4(1), 20-24
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hand disinfectant practice: the impact of an education intervention
2010 (English)In: Open Nursing Journal, ISSN 1874-4346, E-ISSN 1874-4346, Vol. 4, no 1, p. 20-24Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The primary hypothesis of this study was that a lecture on basic hygiene routines could be associated with an increase in the use of disinfectant for hand hygiene. A secondary hypothesis was that the lecture could positively affect the staff's knowledge of and attitudes toward basic hygiene routines.

A quasi-experimental design including one ward of the department of orthopedics in a Swedish university hospital was adopted.

During the pre-intervention test period the consumption of hand disinfectant was measured for 30 days and a questionnaire was distributed to all staff. The hospital hygiene nurse subsequently provided a lecture on basic hygiene routines to all employees on the ward. During the post-intervention test period the hand disinfectant consumption was measured for another 30 days, and the questionnaire was distributed once again. A follow-up measurement was performed 9 months after the intervention.

After the lecture on hygiene routines, the consumption of hand disinfectant increased by 93%. Nine months after the intervention, the consumption was still 21% higher than before the intervention. The result of the questionnaire showed that the employees considered themselves applying the disinfectant more thoroughly after the intervention. Some employees changed their perspective on basic hygiene routines after the lecture and stopped using watches and private clothes at work.

Our findings suggest that a single education session, a hygiene lecture, could be a simple and cost-effective method to increase the use of hand disinfectant, thereby reducing the number of nosocomial infections on the wards.

Keywords
Hand disinfectant, hygiene routines, education, questionnaire
National Category
Nursing
Research subject
Caring Sciences w. Medical Focus
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-10364 (URN)10.2174/1874434601004010020 (DOI)
Available from: 2010-04-13 Created: 2010-04-13 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved
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