Evaluating the risks of wash hand basin tap disinfection

Garvey, M.I. et al. The Journal of Hospital Infection. Published online: July 4 2016


Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an important nosocomial pathogen commonly colonising hospital water supplies including taps and sinks. A recent short report by Garvey et al1 described an outbreak of P. aeruginosa in a critical care unit, and detailed how the national guidance HTM 04-01 was implemented. Despite this, continued transmission of P. aeruginosa from water to patient occurred, with the source suspected to be a specific hand wash basin.

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