Validated measurements of microbial loads on environmental surfaces in intensive care units before and after disinfecting cleaning.

AIMS Preanalytic aspects can make results of hygiene studies difficult to compare. Efficacy of surface disinfection was assessed with an evaluated swabbing procedure. METHODS AND RESULTS A validated microbial screening of surfaces was performed in the patients' environment and from hands of healthcare workers on two intensive care units (ICUs) prior to… (More)