BETR Disinfection Study: What You Need to Know
To follow our explanation of DICON, we have pulled together the key points to know about the Benefits of Enhanced Terminal Room Disinfection Study before the full results are released on Oct. 9 at IDWeek2015 in San Diego.
Most importantly, the BETR-Disinfection Study by the Duke University Prevention Epicenter Program, led by principal investigator Daniel J. Sexton MD, is the most comprehensive research completed to date that assesses automated UVC disinfection systems.
Tru-D was chosen as the only automated disinfection system to be included in the study due to its proven reduction of environmental pathogens without compromising results through human error.
Infection control researchers from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill collected data across nine hospitals and almost 25,000 disinfection cycles for more than 120,000 patient days.
Researchers compared four different cleaning and disinfection scenarios:
- Cleaning a room using only quaternary ammonia
- Cleaning a room with quaternary ammonia and Tru-D
- Cleaning a room with only bleach
- Cleaning a room with bleach and Tru-D
Each hospital tested these four cleaning protocols in a randomized sequence throughout each of the four seven-month phases.
The data will determine how Tru-D’s method of measured reflective dose of UVC in a patient room may improve patient outcomes and the quality of care. The BETR-Disinfection Study was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with expectations of guidelines on how to provide a safer hospital environment.
In short, the BETR-Disinfection Study was a unique, innovative, three-phase study that will determine best-practice strategies with subsequent guidelines for the prevention of health care-associated infections.
Again, the full results of this study will be presented on Oct. 9 by Deverick Anderson, MD, MPH, FIDSA, FSHEA, at IDWeek2015 in San Diego. Visit our BETR-Disinfection study webpage to sign up for the latest news and information about this study.