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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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