Safe and cost-effective cleaning of pressure-monitoring transducers.

R. Platt, J. L. Lehr, Alvaro Munoz, A. Munoz, B. Nash, D. B. Raemer

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)409-416
Number of pages8
JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Volume9
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1988
Externally publishedYes

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Pressure Transducers
Transducers
Costs and Cost Analysis
Alcohols
Ethylene Oxide
Disinfection
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
Bacteremia
Double-Blind Method
Intensive Care Units

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  • Immunology
  • Microbiology (medical)

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Platt, R., Lehr, J. L., Munoz, A., Munoz, A., Nash, B., & Raemer, D. B. (1988). Safe and cost-effective cleaning of pressure-monitoring transducers. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 9(9), 409-416.

Safe and cost-effective cleaning of pressure-monitoring transducers. / Platt, R.; Lehr, J. L.; Munoz, Alvaro; Munoz, A.; Nash, B.; Raemer, D. B.

In: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, Vol. 9, No. 9, 09.1988, p. 409-416.

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Platt, R, Lehr, JL, Munoz, A, Munoz, A, Nash, B & Raemer, DB 1988, 'Safe and cost-effective cleaning of pressure-monitoring transducers.', Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, vol. 9, no. 9, pp. 409-416.
Platt, R. ; Lehr, J. L. ; Munoz, Alvaro ; Munoz, A. ; Nash, B. ; Raemer, D. B. / Safe and cost-effective cleaning of pressure-monitoring transducers. In: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 1988 ; Vol. 9, No. 9. pp. 409-416.
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