Manual resuscitation bags harbor bacteria, study shows

01/25/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

Manual resuscitation bags marked as clean were found to harbor bacteria, resulting in a policy change at the University of Tennessee Medical Center requiring replacement by day four rather than waiting until the bags were visibly soiled, according to researchers who reported the findings at SCCM's annual meeting. Dr. Robert Hyzy, critical care director at the University of Michigan Health System, said the bigger issue is whether the bacterial cultures have resulted in an increase in infection rates.

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