Enhanced monitoring of healthcare shower water in augmented and non-augmented care wards showing persistence of < em > Pseudomonas aeruginosa < /em > despite remediation work

Conclusions. We demonstrate the difficulties in eradicating P. aeruginosa from hospital plumbing, particularly when contamination is no longer sporadic. Non-augmented care settings are reservoirs of P. aeruginosa and should not be overlooked in outbreak investigations. Antimicrobial-impregnated materials may be ineffective once colonization with P. aeruginosa is established beyond the hose and head. Reducing hose-length insufficient to prevent cross-contamination from shower drains. P. aeruginosa colonization can be transient in both drain and shower hose/head. Frequent microbiological monitoring suggests testing frequencies following HTM04-01 guidelines are insufficient to capture the colonization-status of healthcare waters between samples. Disinfection/decontamination is recommended to minimize bioburden and the effect of remediation should be verified with microbiological monitoring. Where standard remediation did not remove P. aeruginosa contamination, intensive monitoring supported justifying replacement of showers and contiguous plumbing.PMID:37255404 | DOI:10.1099/jmm.0.001698
Source: Journal of Medical Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Authors: Source Type: research