Reducing Infection Rates In Your Facility: The Role of ECG Cables and Wires

Hospital Acquired Infections remain a key clinical concern, especially among critical care patients. Reducing or eliminating opportunities for pathogen exposure through cross-contamination may be an effective strategy for reducing HAIs. Previously published research suggests that replacing reusable ECG leads with single-patient use ECG leads was associated with reduced SSI risk in coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) patients. Using a public database, this analysis explored the broader association between single-patient use ECG leads and HAI rates in California hospitals.

Learning Points:
  • The inherent vulnerability of the critical care patient
  • The burden of hospital-acquired infections and the benefits of reducing their incidence
  • The role of ECG cables and wires

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