Development and implementation of a cleaning standard algorithm to monitor the efficiency of terminal cleaning in removing adenovirus within a pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplantation unit

      Adenovirus infections within the hematopoietic stem cell transplantation setting can lead to high rates of mortality and hospital-acquired cases have been associated with environmental reservoirs. To establish both location and levels of environmental adenovirus contamination, 48 cubicles containing 794 surfaces were screened postterminal clean over a 4-year period. After initial cleaning 23% of these sites had detectable adenovirus. These data were then used to develop and implement a cleaning standard algorithm for terminal cleaning that was implemented to ensure cubicles were adenovirus-free before the next patient admission.

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