Recent conflicting study results have illuminated the need for further assessment of sensor-regulated faucets to determine when their use is appropriate in health care facilities. A recent abstract from the Johns Hopkins Health System discussing research on their local experience has led to much media coverage of electronic faucet use and instigated a review of the state of the art by several professional organizations. Under the leadership of ASHE, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), and the Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI), a stakeholders coalition has been formed with the goals of (1) increasing overall knowledge of biofilm in clinical settings; (2) gaining clinical and technical support to help assess infection control issues associated with manual and electronic faucets; and (3) gathering data on the use of faucets, particularly sensor-regulated faucets, in the health care environment. To learn more about the work of this coalition, read the joint ASHE–APIC–SHEA statement.
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