Wednesday Mar 15, 2023

The Sink Splash Zone - danger lies within?

In this week's episode, Brett and Martin talk to Dr Mark Garvey, Consultant Clinical Scientist at University Hospitals Birmingham in the UK. We discuss a new paper from the UHB team which looks at the practical aspects of contamination within the splash radius of a clinical hand hygiene sink in a critical care area. The range of high risk equipment within the zone is quite interesting! Papers mentioned are as below.

1. Garvey MI, Williams N, Gardiner A, Ruston C, Wilkinson M, Kiernan M, et al. The sink splash zone. J Hosp Infect. https://doi:10.1016/j.jhin.2023.01.020   PubMed PMID: 36870392.

2. Garvey MI, Wilkinson MAC, Holden KL, Martin T, Parkes J, Holden E. Tap out: reducing waterborne Pseudomonas aeruginosa transmission in an intensive care unit. J Hosp Infect. 2019;102(1):75-81. https://doi:10.1016/j.jhin.2018.07.039

3. Garvey MI, Bradley CW, Holden E. Waterborne Pseudomonas aeruginosa transmission in a hematology unit? Am J Infect Control. 2018;46(4):383-6. Epub 20171128. https://doi:10.1016/j.ajic.2017.10.013

4. Garvey MI, Bradley CW, Wilkinson MAC, Bradley C, Holden E. Engineering waterborne Pseudomonas aeruginosa out of a critical care unit. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2017;220(6):1014-9. https://doi:10.1016/j.ijheh.2017.05.011

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