Objectifs : Quantifier la charge en organismes multirésistants (ORM) des surfaces des aires communes et des gymnases de réadaptation à contact élevé, et évaluer le potentiel de transfert des microorganismes pendant les séances de réadaptation.
OBJECTIVES To quantify the multidrug-resistant organism (MDRO) burden of high-touch common area and rehabilitation gym surfaces, and to assess microorganism transfer potential during rehabilitation sessions. DESIGN Prospective study of environmental contamination. SETTING Nursing home (NH). PARTICIPANTS Six Michigan NHs. MEASUREMENTS Monthly samples from common area surfaces (eg, living room), rehabilitation equipment, and rehabilitation personnel hands were screened for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), and resistant gram-negative bacilli (R-GNB). To assess microorganism transfer potential, we conducted an in-depth assessment of microorganism transfer during 10 rehabilitation sessions. Microorganism transfer was defined as the identification of a microorganism on a destination surface that was uncontaminated before the rehabilitation session. Patient frequency of common area usage was also assessed qualitatively. RESULTS We obtained 1338 common area specimens from 180 monthly facility visits, of which 13.4% (179/1338) were MDRO positive: MRSA, 3.8%; VRE, 5.8%; and R-GNB, 5.1%. A total of 64% (116/180) of sampling visits had at least one MDRO-positive common area specimen. Within rehabilitation gyms, we obtained 521 equipment and 190 personnel hand specimens during 60 monthly visits. Of the equipment specimens collected, 7.7% (40/521) were MDRO positive: MRSA, 2.5%; VRE, 4.0%; and R-GNB, 1.9%. Of the 190 rehabilitation personnel hand specimens collected, 3.7% (7/190) were MDRO positive. Overall, 55% (33/60) of rehabilitation gym visits had at least one MDRO-positive specimen. Microorganism transfer assessment during 10 rehabilitation sessions revealed 35 opportunities for transfer during which microorganism transfer occurred in 17.1% (6/35) of opportunities. CONCLUSION NH common areas and rehabilitation gyms are MDRO reservoirs that may contribute to the transmission of healthcare-associated pathogens. Because NHs accommodate the increasing short-stay patient population, developing effective interventions that reduce MDRO transmission in the common area and rehabilitation gym environment should be considered an infection prevention priority.