Microorganisms present on peripheral intravenous needleless connectors in the clinical environment

Slater, Karen, Cooke, Marie, Whitby, Michael, Fullerton, Fiona, Douglas, Joel, Hay, Jennine and Rickard, Claire (2017) Microorganisms present on peripheral intravenous needleless connectors in the clinical environment. American Journal of Infection Control, 45 8: 932-934. doi:10.1016/j.ajic.2017.02.008


Author Slater, Karen
Cooke, Marie
Whitby, Michael
Fullerton, Fiona
Douglas, Joel
Hay, Jennine
Rickard, Claire
Title Microorganisms present on peripheral intravenous needleless connectors in the clinical environment
Journal name American Journal of Infection Control   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1527-3296
0196-6553
Publication date 2017-03-20
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ajic.2017.02.008
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 45
Issue 8
Start page 932
End page 934
Total pages 3
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Mosby
Language eng
Subject 2713 Epidemiology
2719 Health Policy
2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
2725 Infectious Diseases
Abstract The aim of this study was to quantify culturable microorganisms on needleless connectors (NCs) attached to peripheral intravenous catheters in hospitalized adult medical patients. Half (50%) of 40 NCs were contaminated with microorganisms commonly found on the skin or mouth. Staphylococcus capitis and Staphylococcus epidermidis were most commonly isolated. Emergency department insertion and higher patient dependency were statistically associated with positive NC microorganism growth. These results reaffirm the need for NC decontamination prior to access.
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The aim of this study was to quantify culturable microorganisms on needleless connectors (NCs) attached to peripheral intravenous catheters in hospitalized adult medical patients. Half (50%) of 40 NCs were contaminated with microorganisms commonly found on the skin or mouth. Staphylococcus capitis and Staphylococcus epidermidis were most commonly isolated. Emergency department insertion and higher patient dependency were statistically associated with positive NC microorganism growth. These results reaffirm the need for NC decontamination prior to access.
Keyword Microorganism
Needleless connector
PIVC
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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