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Dropping tele cables on floor before cleaning

  1. 0 A common hospital practice is to drop used tele cables on the floor before cleaning. It seems this practice makes the cable dirtier. I was wondering if dropping used tele cables on the floor before wiping it clean increases the chances of infection? I can't find any articles on the topic. Thanks Tony
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  3. Visit  Okami_RN profile page
    That is not a common practice where I work, telemetry cables where I work are disconnected from the monitor and sent to Central Supply for cleaning.
  4. Visit  nynursey_ profile page
    We sent our telemetry cables back with the boxes disinfected with our equipment wipes. Beyond that, I'm not sure where the telemetry boxes or cables go for cleaning once they hit the ICU. It's sort of prompted me to find out, though. I know we received a pretty extensive email detailing that it is the RN's job to disinfect them and place them in specimen bags before sending them back to the ICU for re-use.
  5. Visit  AW-EMTP profile page
    I doubt that there is much of a difference in "dirtiness" but I wouldn't toss tele cables on the floor more out of fear of causing damage than anything else.

    I would believe that the manner in which they are cleaned is going to make more of a difference in decreasing infection risk of tele cables. Interestingly there are many studies linking HAI to the cables.

    Microbial contamination of manually reprocessed, ready to use ECG lead wire in intensive care units
    "A total of 408 ECG lead wires from 93 bed-side ECG devices and 43 ECG lead wires from 5 portable ECG devices were sampled. All sampled ECG lead wires had been previously manually cleaned and disinfected and were ready to use, however, some of them were visibly dirty and remnants were left on the filter paper. Of 451 lead wires, only 2 lead wires were without contamination..."

    Our monitor techs clean them between uses, but I wish we would switch to disposable lead sets.
    Last edit by AW-EMTP on Feb 11, '14 : Reason: Spelling
  6. Visit  Mulan profile page
    I took this as being a facetious post, but maybe not.
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  7. Visit  blondy2061h profile page
    Our cables are disposable up to about the 3 feet closest to the monitor.
  8. Visit  TU RN profile page
    I smell a troll...
  9. Visit  RNGriffin profile page
    Wendy Williams Voice....How you doiiiiiinnnnnn!!!!!!!!
    meanmaryjean likes this.
  10. Visit  Aurora77 profile page
    As long as you abide by the 5 second rule, they'll be clean.
    psu_213, Stcroix, and brownbook like this.
  11. Visit  brownbook profile page
    It is not ideal, we (I) don't do it on purpose. We don't intentionally "drop" them on the floor!

    Our tele cables are long, we don't remove them from the monitor. When the patient has left and we are cleaning we (I) take the cables in one hand, have a cleaning wipe in the other. Because the cables are long the end can accidentally hit the floor as I hold them up to wipe them.

    Hopefully a good wipe with our cleanser takes care of any bugs that survive the 5 second rule?
  12. Visit  tonytayag profile page
    Thanks [COLOR=#003366]AW-EMTP for the research article. I work in PACU with a high patient turnover and use non-disposable tele cables. Nurses typically drop the tele cables on the floor to notify techs that it needs to be cleaned. This practice seems unsanitary to me and only increases the chance of acquiring more pathogens. Unfortunately, I'm having difficulty changing the behavior of the staff.
    AW-EMTP likes this.
  13. Visit  MunoRN profile page
    To be honest I'd be more worried about the tele cables contaminating the floor than the other way around.
    psu_213 likes this.
  14. Visit  dandk1997RN profile page
    We put our used cables and boxes in a basket near the monitor station. Much more sanitary way to let someone know they need to be cleaned...