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Safe and cost-effective cleaning of pressure-monitoring transducers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2844887     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The CDC category I recommendation for high-level disinfection of pressure-monitoring transducers between uses imposes substantial costs. This practice has not been shown to be useful when disposable transducer domes are used. A prospective, randomized, double-blind study assessed the consequences of wiping transducers with alcohol between uses rather than sterilizing with ethylene oxide. We studied 5,197 transducer courses with disposable domes involving 2,202 patients in intensive care units during 15 months. There was no significant difference between the two treatment regimens in the risk of positive cultures of fluids from monitored lines, of cultures of cannula tips or of a positive blood culture. We conclude that under normal conditions, ie, in the absence of a cluster of transducer-related bacteremias, wiping transducers with alcohol between uses is sufficient when disposable domes are used.
R Platt; J L Lehr; S Marino; A Munoz; B Nash; D B Raemer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Infection control and hospital epidemiology : the official journal of the Society of Hospital Epidemiologists of America     Volume:  9     ISSN:  0899-823X     ISO Abbreviation:  Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol     Publication Date:  1988 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-11-17     Completed Date:  1988-11-17     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804099     Medline TA:  Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  409-16     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Channing Laboratory, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA 02115.
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MeSH Terms
Catheterization / instrumentation
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Data Collection
Disinfection / methods
Double-Blind Method
Equipment Contamination / prevention & control*
Ethylene Oxide
Random Allocation
Sterilization / methods
Transducers, Pressure*
United States
Reg. No./Substance:
64-17-5/Ethanol; 75-21-8/Ethylene Oxide
Erratum In:
Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 1988 Nov;9(11):487

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