New Study Shows Higher Rates of C. difficile Infection in Hospitals that Use Reusable Sharps Containers
The study analyzed data from the results of a national survey of hospitals in the U.S. conducted in
The study was based on completed surveys from more than 600 U.S. hospitals. In multivariable regression, data showed that hospitals with single-use sharps disposal containers had significantly lower rates of C. diff infections versus hospitals with reusable containers after controlling for several hospital characteristics1.
"The use of containers to properly dispose of sharps in the health care setting is a critical component of most occupational safety programs in health care settings," said Dr. Pogorzelska-Maziarz. "These findings, while they do not confirm a direct correlation between protocols for sharps disposal and risk of health care associated infection, do raise important questions about the potential role that reusable sharps containers may play in pathogen transmission."
The burden associated with C. diff infections is at a historic high, with an attributable mortality of more than 29,000 deaths in 2011, according to the
"Given the widespread use of sharps containers in the health care setting, we applaud Dr. Pogorzelska-Maziarz's dedication in working to identify and assess a possible link between the use of single-use containers and lower hospital-wide C. diff infection rates," said
BD Medical's portfolio of single-use sharps disposal solutions will also be on display at the APIC conference at booth #509. For more information visit http://www.bd.com/sharps/.
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1 Pogorzelska-Maziarz, M. The Relationship between Different Types of Sharps Containers and C. difficile Infections Rates in Acute Care Hospitals. Paper presented at: the 42nd Annual Conference of the
3 Dubberke ER, Olsen MA. Burden of Clostridium difficile on the healthcare system. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 2012
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