A validated 'no touch' device or system should be used for terminal room disinfection following discharge of (all) patients on contact precautions
- Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2016 Aug;29, Dr. William A. Rutala – UNC Medical Center
Automated disinfection is no longer a nice to have, it is a need to have. Up to 78 percent of hospital surfaces still harbor pathogens after manual disinfection and in the case of C. difficile infection, a patient is 2.5 times more likely to acquire the pathogen if the prior room occupant was infected. These errors can be deadly, and the cost is great. Using automated disinfection can help reduce the risk.
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