Research at USP Shows Normal Hospital Cleaning Does Not Exterminate All Bacteria

"There is an urgent need to develop strong microbial surveillance policies to help guide procedures by improving infection control," the study concludes.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A study carried out in the Ribeirão Preto unit of the University of São Paulo (USP) Hospital and Medical School, shows that the routine cleaning of the hospital's adult and neonatal ICUs is incapable of countering the bacteria present in the area.

The study was published on August 28th, in an article in the specialized journal Frontiers in Public Health.

According to the research, the cleaning of the ICU resulted in a slight decrease in the diversity of microbes. However, several types of bacteria have proven resistant to disinfection, suggesting that they are . . .

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