Active Sink Disinfection System Eliminates ESBL Infections in Dutch Hospital ICU

A recent paper published in the Journal of Hospital Infection clearly established the source of infections from Extended Spectrum B-Lactamase - positive bacteria as the sinks in an ICU at the Deventer Hospital, The Netherlands during the period of June 2011 - March 2012. In April 2012, a total of 18 sink drains were replaced with an active sink drain disinfection system that used heat and electromechanical vibration to kill the bacteria and prevent the formation of biofilm inside the drain. All 18 sinks were sampled for ESBLs one, two, three, four, six and eight months after the intervention. Ater the intervention, no bacteria were seen in these sinks and no new patient colonization was observed, thus establishing the direct impact of the active sink disinfection system in eliminating the bacteria from the sink and preventing infections among patients. To read the full paper, click here. For more details of the active sink disinfection system used, click here.


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