Faucet and sink design contribute to splashing, ICU outbreak with resistant organism and 12 deaths
MedSun: Newsletter #36, May 2009

SafetyShare Newsletter, Premier, Inc

A multi-drug resistant organism (MDRO) causing an ICU outbreak and at least 12 deaths was associated with poor placement of handwashing sinks and environmental contamination. A recent study from the University of Toronto illustrates the importance of room design, particularly the location and design of sinks, and how sink drains were identified as the reservoir of pathogens in a major outbreak. The article lists important steps facilities can take to help prevent these outbreaks.

Additional Information:

Faucet and sink design contribute to splashing, ICU outbreak with resistant organism and 12 deaths. SafetyShare Newsletter, Premier, Inc. April 22, 2009.
http://www.premierinc.com/quality-safety/tools-services/safety/safety-share/04-09-full-txt.jsp#story-01


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