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Desinfection at the Point of Care – “I would have liked to switch to single-use wipe dispenser systems immediately.”

At a glance:

  • in 2016, hygiene experts faced a medical mystery: patients‘ blood samples showed contamination with an environmental germ
  • after a lengthy investigation, the culprit was revealed: reusable cloth dispensers
  • hygiene expert Prof. Frank Guenther explains his findings from this case

At Heidelberg University Hospital, blood samples from patients were suddenly testing positive for Achromobacter xylosoxidans. Prof. Frank Guenther led the inquiry into the source of infection. In 2016, he published the case in BMC Infectious Diseases. The villain: improperly reprocessed wipe dispenser systems.

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