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
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.
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