A major trial of a bundle of hospital cleaning practices in 11 Australian hospitals has made significant reductions in healthcare-associated infections and demonstrated cost-benefits.

The study, “An environmental cleaning bundle and health care-associated infection in hospitals (REACH): a multi-centre randomised trial”, was led by QUT health economist Professor Nick Graves from the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) and is published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. It was funded by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council.

“This research project is believed to be the largest prospective, multi-site and multifactorial trial of hospital cleaning in the world,” Professor Graves said.

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