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A gap in patient tape storage and use practices puts patients at risk for cutaneous fungal infections

Published:December 16, 2014DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2014.10.028

      Highlights

      • We report a case of a cutaneous fungal infection related to patient tape.
      • We report a survey of tape storage and use practices in surrounding facilities.
      • Tape manufacturer recommendations are not consistently followed.
      • No national organizations provide published guidelines on tape storage.
      • This gap in tape storage and use practice places patients at risk for harm.
      We report a case of a cutaneous fungal infection in a 12-year-old oncology patient related to patient tape. Our facility had no established guidelines for patient tape. A survey conducted of multiple local healthcare facilities revealed no existing policies or standards of care related to tape storage or use. This reveals a gap in practice. We call for formal recommendations for tape storage and use to enhance patient safety.

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