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Efficacy of an Ethanol-Based Hand Sanitizer for the Disinfection of Blood Pressure Cuffs

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Service de Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales, Centre Hospitalier, 194 avenue Rubillard, 72000 Le Mans, France
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Laboratoire de Microbiologie, Centre Hospitalier, 194 avenue Rubillard, 72000 Le Mans, France
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(22), 4342; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16224342
Received: 23 September 2019 / Revised: 29 October 2019 / Accepted: 2 November 2019 / Published: 7 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Chronic Kidney Disease)
Blood pressure cuffs (BP cuffs) have been implicated in some nosocomial outbreaks. We compared the efficacy of an ethanol-based hand sanitizer (EBHS) with a detergent/disinfectant for the disinfection of BP cuffs. The inner sides of 30 BP cuffs were sampled for bacterial culture. Then, the same area was divided into halves. One half was disinfected by a detergent/disinfectant and the other was disinfected by an EBHS. The bacterial count decreased significantly with both disinfectants (p < 0.0001 compared with before disinfection). The bacterial count decrease seemed greater with the EBHS compared with the detergent/disinfectant, but the difference was not significant. Therefore, within the limits of a single application, the EBHS was an efficacious means of BP cuff disinfection. However, the repeated exposure to emollients contained in EBHS may require further studies before validating these results. View Full-Text
Keywords: blood pressure cuff; sphygmomanometer; hand sanitizer; hand rub; ethanol; disinfection blood pressure cuff; sphygmomanometer; hand sanitizer; hand rub; ethanol; disinfection
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Grandiere Perez, L.; Ramanantsoa, C.; Beaudron, A.; Hoche Delchet, C.; Penn, P.; Comacle, P. Efficacy of an Ethanol-Based Hand Sanitizer for the Disinfection of Blood Pressure Cuffs. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4342.

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