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August 23, 1976

Pressure Monitoring Devices: Overlooked Source of Nosocomial Infection

Author Affiliations

From the divisions of bacterial diseases (Drs Weinstein and Stamm) and viral diseases (Dr Corey), Bureau of Epidemiology, Center for Disease Control, Atlanta. Dr Kramer practices in Washington, DC. Dr Weinstein is now with the Department of Medicine, University of Chicago.

JAMA. 1976;236(8):936-938. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270090030022

Contaminated pressure monitoring devices recently have been implicated as a source of epidemic organisms in three outbreaks of nosocomial bacteremia, one outbreak of candidemia, and one outbreak of hepatitis. Measures necessary to prevent monitoring-related infections have not always been appreciated or taken. As a minimum, pressure monitoring devices should be sterilized between use with different patients; strict aseptic technique should be employed when setting up and using monitoring systems; and each patient's monitoring tubing, fluid, and monitoring devices should be changed at regular intervals.

(JAMA 236:936-938, 1976)