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How Clean Are Reusable ECG Leadwires Deemed ‘Ready for Patient Use’?

      It has been published that reusable ECG leadwires are a source of cross-contamination. One article reported 77% of the leadwires tested were contaminated with one or more antibiotic resistant nosocomial pathogens. Cleaning leadwires is challenging. The AAMI standard for leadwires specifies requirements for allowable cleaning agents and a sterilization process. It does not describe cleaning protocols, leaving it up to each facility to develop their own ECG leadwire cleaning procedure. Our objective was to evaluate the cleanliness of "cleaned" reusable leadwires deemed ready for patient use, utilizing a marketed ATP test for quantitative data collection.
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