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Ir J Med Sci. 2013 Dec;182(4):707-9. doi: 10.1007/s11845-013-0961-7. Epub 2013 May 3.

Contamination of blood pressure cuffs by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and preventive measures.

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Department of Pharmacy, Yamaguchi University Hospital, 1-1-1 Minamikogushi, Ube, 755-8505, Japan.

Abstract

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
PMCID:
PMC3824197
DOI:
10.1007/s11845-013-0961-7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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