Impact of Moving to a New Hospital Build, with a High Proportion of Single Rooms, on Healthcare Associated Infection and Norovirus Outbreaks.

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Impact of Moving to a New Hospital Build, with a High Proportion of Single Rooms, on Healthcare Associated Infection and Norovirus Outbreaks.

J Hosp Infect. 2017 Jun 27;:

Authors: Darley E

Abstract
To determine whether moving to new-build hospital with 75% single-rooms reduced healthcare-associated infection rates, Clostridium difficile infection, meticillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) and Escherichia coli bacteraemia rates and bed-days lost during norovirus outbreaks over 5 years at North Bristol NHS Trust were analysed. C. difficile, MSSA bacteraemia and E. coli bacteraemia showed no change in decline rate post-move. Bed-days lost due to norovirus were significantly lower. Increased single room availability had an impact on interruption of highly contagious norovirus infection, dispersed via airborne route, in contrast to bacterial infection, which may originate from patient's own colonising flora and is not widely dispersed through airborne spread.

PMID: 28666780 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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