Environmental Infection

Implementing single-patient-use ECG cable & lead wire systems to reduce surgical site infections

  • Posted: September 19, 2018
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As the number of surgical procedures performed in the United States continues to rise, so does the burden of surgical site infection (SSI) and the demand for evidence-based interventions. SSIs complicating coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) procedures are significant in terms of morbidity, mortality, and economic influence. Reusable electrocardiography (ECG) lead wires and cables, which are placed on the chest of a patient undergoing CABG in close proximity to sternal incision sites, are often cleaned inadequately between patients and may be a potential vector for SSI transmission.

Compared with reusable ECG lead-wire system facilities, Kendall DLâ„¢ single-patient-use ECG cable and lead wire facilities demonstrated a statistically significant 25% reduction at 90 days post-CABG.

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