Brief report| Volume 40, ISSUE 10, P1005-1007, December 2012

The effect of terminal cleaning on environmental contamination rates of multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii

      We evaluated the prevalence of multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii environmental contamination before and after discharge cleaning in rooms of infected/colonized patients. 46.9% of rooms and 15.3% of sites were found contaminated precleaning, and 25% of rooms and 5.5% of sites were found contaminated postcleaning. Cleaning significantly decreased environmental contamination of A baumannii; however, persistent contamination represents a significant risk factor for transmission. Further studies on this and more effective cleaning methods are needed.

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          In the article “The effect of terminal cleaning on environmental contamination rates of multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii” by Strassle et al, in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control (2012;40:1005-7), the third author’s last name was misspelled. The correct author’s name is J. Kristie Johnson.
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