Infection Rates in Intensive Care Units by Electrocardiographic Lead Wire Type: Disposable vs Reusable

Author(s): N. Albert, PhD,CCNS,CHFN,CCRN,NE-BC, E. Slifcak, RN,BA, J. Roach, BA, J. Bena, MS, G. Horvath, RN,BA,MBA, S. Wilson, RN,BSN, R. Van Den Bossche, RN, MBA, BSN, N. Vargas, RN,MSN,CCRN,CEN,V. Rhoades, RN,BSN,CCRN, K. Hartig, RN,MS,BSN,NE-BC, H.Lachiewicz, RN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Nov 01, 2018

Topics: ECG, Infectious Disease

Population: Lifespan

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

It is unknown if disposable electrocardiographic lead wires (ECG-LWs) reduce infection rates compared with cleaned, reusable lead wires.


  • Compare infection rates of patients in intensive care units that received disposable electrocardiographic (ECG) leads vs reusable ECG leads.
  • Identify sources of microorganisms that may promote hospital-acquired infections.
  • State the role of disposable ECG leads in a bundled infection control program.

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