Study: Alcohol-impregnated disinfection cap may lower infection rates

01/4/2013 | Nurse.com

Researchers looked at contamination rates among 799 patients from three U.S. hospitals and found a 52% decline in the incidence of central line-associated bloodstream infections when a 70% alcohol-impregnated disinfection cap was used, instead of a standard cleaning protocol. Systemwide use of alcohol-impregnated disinfection caps would prevent 21 CLABSIs and four deaths annually, researchers estimated. The study appeared in the American Journal of Infection Control.

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