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Study: Surprisingly simple way to reduce C. difficile infections

Researchers have discovered a way to drastically reduce one of the most common hospital-acquired infections. It’s as simple as a bleach wipe.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic studied the effectiveness of daily cleaning high-touch surfaces in patient rooms with a bleach wipe. (The wipe contained 0.55 sodium hypochlorite.) The goal was to reduce the time between HAIs to more than 20 days among patients in two wards with high rates of C. difficile infection.

The results went far beyond that goal, with one of the two units studied going 137 days between infections.

Neither patients nor staff reported significant problems with the new cleaning regimen.

The results were presented at the 5th Decennial International Conference on Healthcare-Acquired Infections in Atlanta.

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