Contamination of blood pressure cuffs by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and preventive measures.
Ir J Med Sci. 2013 Dec;182(4):707-9
Authors: Matsuo M, Oie S, Furukawa H
BACKGROUND: Although blood pressure cuffs are commonly used and shared in medical facilities, their routine disinfection is performed infrequently.
AIMS: We investigated the contamination of blood pressure cuffs by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
METHODS: The MRSA level on the inner side (the surface in contact with patients' skin) of blood pressure cuffs used in the wards and outpatient clinics of a university hospital (733 beds) was determined using the gauze and swab wiping methods.
RESULTS: Using the gauze wiping method (n = 35), the MRSA contamination rate was 31.4 %, and the MRSA contamination level was 1,702.6 ± 9,996.1 (0-58, 320) colony-forming units (cfu)/cuff. No MRSA was detected on blood pressure cuffs after washing (n = 30) or wiping with 80 vol% ethanol (n = 18).
CONCLUSIONS: Blood pressure cuffs are frequently contaminated by MRSA.
PMID: 23639972 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]