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Critical Care

, 19:216

First Online: 08 May 2015


Non-manual techniques for terminal disinfection of hospital rooms have gained increasing interest in recent years as means to reduce transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms MDROs. A prospective crossover study by Blazejewski and colleagues in five ICUs of a French academic hospital with a high prevalence of MDRO carriers showed that two different hydrogen peroxide H2O2-based non-touch disinfection techniques reduced environmental contamination with MDROs after routine cleaning. This study provides further evidence of the ‘in use’ bioburden reduction offered by these techniques. Before H2O2-based non-touch disinfection can be recommended for routine clinical use outside specific outbreak situations, further studies need to show whether the environmental contamination reduction provided by these techniques is clinically relevant and results in reduced cross-infections with MDROs.

AbbreviationsESBL-EExtended spectrum β-lactamase Enterobacteriaceae

H2O2Hydrogen peroxide

MDROMultidrug-resistant organism

MRSAMethicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

See related research by Blazejewski et al., http:-ccforum.com-content-19-1-30

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Author: Benedikt D Huttner - Stephan Harbarth

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