The effect of portable pulsed xenon ultraviolet light after terminal cleaning on hospital-associated Clostridium difficile infection in a community hospital

      There is evidence that contamination of patient rooms from previous occupants is associated with hospital-associated Clostridium difficile infection (HA-CDI). During January 2011, the use of 2 portable pulsed xenon ultraviolet light devices (PPX-UV) to disinfect patient rooms was added to routine hospital discharge cleaning in a community hospital. In 2010, the HA-CDI rate was 9.46 per 10,000 patient-days; in 2011, the HA-CDI rates was 4.45 per 10,000 patient-days (53% reduction, P = .01). The number of deaths and colectomies attributable to hospital-associated C difficile infection also declined dramatically.

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          Nosocomial transmission of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) has been well studied and strategies to prevent this are standard in all hospitals throughout the United States. It was heartening to read the report by Levin et al1 about the effect of portable pulsed xenon ultraviolet light after terminal cleaning on hospital-associated CDI. However, with the shift of focus of CDI toward long-term care facilities and community-acquired infection, its possible infectivity population is now much larger than merely those confined to hospital settings.
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