HPV and enhanced manual cleaning terminates the transmission of VRE

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Background

Infections of vancomycin resistant enterococcus (VRE) in Australian hospitals had been on the increase.  Repeated introduction of VRE in Fremantle Hospital had seen a spread of VRE across their wards as a result.

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Method

The hospital tested the efficacy of Inivos’ hydrogen peroxide vapour (HPV) system in preventing the environmental transmission of VRE in high risk units (HRU) and screened patients in HRU on admission and regularly thereafter.

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Result

Using the HPV system alongside enhanced manual cleaning in toilet areas on a ward, terminated spread where it had, before, been known to have increased.

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