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Beyond the Hawthorne Effect: Reduction of Clostridium difficile Environmental Contamination through Active Intervention to Improve Cleaning Practices

  • Dubert M. Guerrero (a1), Philip C. Carling (a2), Lucy A. Jury (a3), Suresh Ponnada (a3), Michelle M. Nerandzic (a3) and Curtis J. Donskey (a3) (a4)...

Abstract

Education and passive observation resulted in a significant improvement in housekeeper disinfection of nontoxigenic Clostridium difficile spores artificially inoculated onto surfaces in C. difficile infection rooms. A further significant reduction occurred with direct supervision and real-time feedback, suggesting that optimal disinfection is achieved by working closely with housekeepers.

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Sanford Health, 801 Broadway N, Fargo, ND 58122 (dubert_md@yahoo.com)

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Beyond the Hawthorne Effect: Reduction of Clostridium difficile Environmental Contamination through Active Intervention to Improve Cleaning Practices

  • Dubert M. Guerrero (a1), Philip C. Carling (a2), Lucy A. Jury (a3), Suresh Ponnada (a3), Michelle M. Nerandzic (a3) and Curtis J. Donskey (a3) (a4)...

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