Infection Control

“Investigating Electrocardiography Lead Wires as a Reservoir for Antibiotic Pathgens” Presented at AHA, April 2008, Authors: Hetal Gandhi MD, et al

  • ECG lead wires are a reservoir source for multidrug resistant organisms in the intensive care unit
  • Failure to effectively decontaminate ECG lead wires can result in an invasive infection by multidrug resistant organisms
  • Decontamination methods applied to reusable ECG leads have not been shown to be effective in eliminating these organisms
  • Disposable ECG lead wires may reduce the risk of transmission of hospital acquired infections and improve patient safety


“Multicenter Study of Bacterial Pathogens on Reusable, Cleaned ECG Lead Wires: Are Patients at Risk for Nosocomial Bacterial Infections While in Operating Room?” Presented at AORN, March 2009, Authors: Nancy M. Albert, et al

  • Out of a sampling of 240 cleaned ECG lead wires, 226 bacteria species were identified on 201 (63%) of the ECG-LW sets
  • Urban hospitals in the study had less bacteria growth and fewer bacteria species per ECG-LW than the community hospitals in the study
  • By clinical area the presence of bacteria and number of bacteria species per ECG-LW differed with the OR having less than other areas and the ED and TELE/SDU have more growth than the ICU
  • At risk or potential risk bacteria growth was found on 121 (38%) of the ECG-LW sets
  • Cleaned reusable ECG-LW carry microorganisms that may cause human nosocomial infections.


“Bacterial Growth on Cleaned Reusable ECG Leadwires: Do Cleaning Methods Matter?” Author: Nancy M. Albert, PhD, RN, Director, et al

  • ECG-LW clearning practices & adherence to cleaning policies varied
  • 38% of respondents state that the emphasis of cleaning ECG-LW was inadequate
  • Once cleaned, over half of the care settings dangled ECG-LW from bedside cables
  • Research suggests that even when cleaning policies are implemented ECG-LW may not be adequately cleaned or may be recontaminated with bacterial growth


“Implementation of Disposable Blood Pressure Cuffs as a Novel Approach to Reduce Formite Transmission of Health-Care Assocate Clostridium Difficile Infection in a Community Hospital” Author: Carolyn Fiutem, MT (ASCP), CLS (NCA), CIC et al

  • Patients are 53% less likely to have c. Difficile with disposable Blood Pressure Cuffs
  • Fomites contribute to c. Difficile
  • Disposable BP Cuffs when added to patient dedicated equipment and accessories yield a statistically significant reduction in healthcare associated c. Difficile
  • Facility implemented disposable Blood Pressure Cuffs as a result of high c. Difficile rates. Later, due to cost cutting measures, reusable Blood Pressure Cuffs were re-introduced. Subsequently the rate of c. Difficile increased. As a result, the facility re-introduced disposable, single patient use Blood Pressure Cuffs and again documented decreased incidences of c. Difficile


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