The potential for transmission of hospital-acquired infections by non-critical medical devices: the role of thermometers and blood pressure cuffs.
World Health Popul. 2011;12(3):5-12
Authors: Uneke CJ, Ijeoma PA
Healthcare-associated infection (HAI) is a major but often neglected public health problem. Most attention to HAI prevention is given to high-risk invasive diagnostic and therapeutic healthcare tools, while the importance of less critical tools tends to be underestimated. This study was designed to assess the potential contributory role played by thermometers and blood pressure cuffs in HAI transmission in a Nigerian teaching hospital. Analysis of swabs from thermometers and blood pressure cuffs used in the teaching hospital was conducted using standard microbiological techniques.
PMID: 21677524 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]