An interdisciplinary team that includes nurses, quality department representatives, infection control employees and environmental services staff meets monthly to discuss C. diff prevention. Like soldiers selecting suitable fortifications, the team carefully chooses the defenses that best accomplish the mission of protecting patients.
“When evaluating our C. diff cases, we decided we needed to go back to the drawing board,” said Kartik Cherabuddi, M.D., a UF College of Medicine associate epidemiologist and director of antibiotic stewardship. “We’re strengthening our infection control by using the technology and expertise our institution has to control exposure to these hearty spores.”
Three mobile machines, which are slightly more than 6 feet high, are armed with lasers that map the size of the room. Sensors ensure that the UV rays stop if anyone enters the space, while refraction allows light to reach into nooks and crannies. The machines are run by trained environmental services staff and are used in eight to 12 patient rooms each day. Treating each room takes about 30 minutes.