Japanese Journal of Infection Prevention and Control
Online ISSN : 1883-2407
Print ISSN : 1882-532X
ISSN-L : 1882-532X
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Pollution from Nozzles of Warm-water Toilet Seats Contributes to Multi-drug Resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Masahiro OZAKIHiroshi MORIKeitaro FURUKAWAHaruo SAKAMOTO
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2018 Volume 33 Issue 6 Pages 285-289

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Multi-drug resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (MDRP) was detected in a patient hospitalized in the Department of Hematology and Oncology at the Tokai University Hachioji Hospital in July 2015. An infection control team (ICT) examined the nozzles of warm-water toilet seats that contributed to the widespread MDRP infection in this ward. A cleaning method used by the cleaning staff as an in-hospital infection prevention measure was improperly implemented and was identified as one factor causing the outbreak. The problems identified by the ICT revealed that warm-water toilet seats were being used daily but were not being appropriately cleaned, and the warm-water toilet seats were outdated in the hospital. Aggressive intervention by the ICT is necessary for the development of an effective cleaning regime for the equipment being used in the hospital.

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