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MRSA and C. difficile Infections Reduced by 50% in Hospital Study
Date:12/1/2008

ROME, N.Y., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- To help prevent the spread of germs and protect its patients from infections, Rome Memorial Hospital is using two new products that kill germs on hands and surfaces between cleanings.

According to Infection Prevention Director LeAnna Grace, the hospital conducted a 12-month research study of Germ Pro's new surface disinfectant and hand sanitizing lotion to evaluate how well they work and was excited by the results.

"At Rome Memorial Hospital, we have an excellent record of protecting our patients from getting an infection during their hospital stay because we follow the infection control guidelines developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)," Grace said. "But, even one healthcare associated infection is too many. That's why we're always looking for better ways to kill germs."

While testing the new technology of Germ Pro's Persistent Action Plan, Rome Memorial Hospital reduced Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) by 27.4%, the study concluded. "Use of Germ Pro in combination with our ongoing infection prevention strategies, reduced two of the more dangerous infections -- methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) by more than 50%," Grace noted.

"We haven't had a central line infection in a year. We haven't had a post-operative pneumonia in more than a year. In the final phase of the study, we implemented Germ Pro house-wide in May and haven't had a single HAI- MRSA case since," Grace said.

The CDC's hand hygiene guidelines require caregivers to wash their hands or use alcohol-based sanitizers before and after touching any patient. Hospitals also use effective disinfectants to kill germs on surfaces. These products kill germs at the time of use, but don't have any persistent killing power between cleanings. With traditional products, germs can easily be reintr
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