And your new ICU roommate is?

By: January 19th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

No one. A study done by a research team from the McGill University Health Center (MUHC) in Montreal, Canada found that private rooms in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) reduced hospital acquired infections such as C-difficile, shortens the length of hospital stay, and saves money.

The researchers found that once the ICU rooms were privatized, the infection rate dropped about 50% for three bacteria types-MRSA, C-Difficile, and Enterococcus. Also, 10% of patients in the ICU reduced their length of stay when changing to a single bed room, reported Happy News. Dana Teltsch is the lead author of the study titled “Infection Acquisition Following Intensive Care Unit Room Privatization.”

These findings provide a basis of comparison of the savings versus the costs to the healthcare system on top of the health benefits to patients,” Teltsch said concerning the study.

The ICU rooms at the MUHC at Glen, Lachine, and Mountain campuses will now be single-patient rooms to avoid the spread of infection.

The study was published in the January issue of the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.

How does your facility prevent the spread of infection in its ICU? Do you have a similar set-up? Let us know in our comment section.


I have been an ED/ICU nurse in Texas for 30 years and never worked in a facility where the ICU rooms were shared, even in a small rural community hospital. Is this a Canadian thing? Don’t mean to sound rude but…aren’t you a little late coming to this party?! There is a host of research material supporting all patient rooms be private, even on med/surg floors. The reduction of infection rates, improved recovery times from surgery, etc. speak to the benefits of single patient rooms.

By Erica Jordan on January 19th, 2011 at 11:28 am


Thank you for your insight on this! We report on newsworthy items as they come out and this specific study was published in the January issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.

I’ve updated the post to say January issue. Thanks again



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