Budget Cuts Lead to Superbug Outbreak at Irish Hospital

June 22, 2017

A decision to reduce scheduled cleaning from seven days per week to six has resulted in an increase in carbapenemase-producing enterobacteriaceae (CPE) cases at Tallaght Hospital in Dublin, Ireland.

In 2015, hospital administrators reduced the budget for cleaning, resulting in one less day per week of routine cleaning and decreasing the time allocated for sanitizing patient rooms. More than 2,000 cases of CPE, a drug-resistant superbug, have been reported since the reductions were put into place, European Cleaning Journal reports.