Dropping tele cables on floor before cleaning

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    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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    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.
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    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.
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    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 : Reason: Spelling
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    I took this as being a facetious post, but maybe not.
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    Our cables are disposable up to about the 3 feet closest to the monitor.
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    I smell a troll...
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    Wendy Williams Voice....How you doiiiiiinnnnnn!!!!!!!!
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    As long as you abide by the 5 second rule, they'll be clean.
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    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?

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