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

Abstract

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.
Published
2012-03-26
Section
Original Articles