In this single-institution point-prevalence culture survey, researchers found contamination with Cdiff in 16% on non-isolation rooms, 31% of physician work areas, 10% of nurses work areas, and 21% of portable pieces of equipment. Although this was in the setting of a Cdiff outbreak, it reminds us that Cdiff spores are environmentally hearty, and that handwashing before and after EVERY patient contact is absolutely essential! (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.