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Simplifying Disinfectant Choices to Improve Safety in Contact Precaution Rooms

Published:March 16, 2019DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2019.02.015
      Both quaternary ammonium and bleach-based cleaning products are effective in reducing the transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus in hospitals, but bleach-based compounds demonstrate better control of Clostridium difficile infections. Our pilot study demonstrates the potential to reduce C. difficile transmission in an acute care hospital by eliminating the need for providers to choose the appropriate cleaning product from isolation precaution carts.

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