The battle against cross-contamination and false alarms: Targeting a hidden risk factor in patient rooms

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST

Electrocardiography (ECG) lead wires are not often given much thought, however, they are a critical part of care monitoring. Reusable ECG lead wires are known to be associated with cross-contamination and surgical site infections, as well as unnecessary false and non-actionable alarms.

Join us as Xavier University’s Director of Health Economics and Clinical Outcomes Research discusses the economic impact of single-use cable and lead wire systems in the hospital’s complex patient management setting. Hear one clinician’s experience, in her own words, as to how she implemented change for patient safety and staff satisfaction.


Webinar benefits:

  • Describe the clinical and economic burden of false alarms and hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) in the hospital setting
  • Discuss the role of single-use ECG lead wires in the reduction of cross-contamination, HAIs, and false alarms
  • Hear one clinician’s experience as to how she made the change from reusable to single-use lead wires in her facility
  • Summarize an effective strategy to implement single-use ECG cable and lead wire systems that may help reduce false alarms and HAIs in a hospital setting



Pete Mallow, PhD
Director of Health Economics and Clinical Outcomes Research, Xavier University
Advisor, Cardinal Health

Marilyn Welling, MSN, RN
Nurse Manager
Bay Area Hospital


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