Telemetry leads harbor nosocomial pathogens

  • Nasia Safdar University of Wisconsijn
  • Jennifer Drayton University of Wisconsin
  • Jessica Dern University of Wisconsin
  • Simone Warrack University of Wisconsin
  • Megan Duster University of Wisconsin
  • Michelle Schmitz Univ of Wisconsin


The healthcare environment is recognized as an increasingly important source of healthcare-associated infection. We undertook a microbiologic survey of patient-ready, cleaned telemetry leads at our institution and recovered pathogenic multidrug resistant bacteria, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant enterococcus from the leads. Telemetry leads are difficult to clean and disposable leads are preferable.
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