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Evaluation of environmental cleaning of patient rooms: Impact of different fluorescent gel markers

  • Clare Rock (a1) (a2) (a3), Anping Xie (a2), Jennifer Andonian (a3), Yea-Jen Hsu (a4), Patience Osei (a2), Sara C. Keller (a1), Ayse P. Gurses (a2), Polly Trexler (a3), Lisa L Maragakis (a1) (a2) (a3), Sara E. Cosgrove (a1) (a2) (a3) and for the CDC Prevention Epicenters Program (a1) (a2) (a3) (a4)...

Abstract

In this systematic evaluation of fluorescent gel markers (FGM) applied to high-touch surfaces with a metered applicator (MA) made for the purpose versus a generic cotton swab (CS), removal rates were 60.5% (476 of 787) for the MA and 64.3% (506 of 787) for the CS. MA-FGM removal interpretation was more consistent, 83% versus 50% not removed, possibly due to less varied application and more adhesive gel.

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Cite this article: Rock C, et al. (2019). Evaluation of environmental cleaning of patient rooms: Impact of different fluorescent gel markers. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology 2019, 40, 100–102. doi: 10.1017/ice.2018.287

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