Closed tracheal suctioning systems and infection control in the intensive care unit.

@article{Blackwood1998ClosedTS,
  title={Closed tracheal suctioning systems and infection control in the intensive care unit.},
  author={Bronagh Blackwood and C. C. Webb},
  journal={The Journal of hospital infection},
  year={1998},
  volume={39 4},
  pages={315-21}
}
Closed tracheal suction catheters offer a number of microbiological advantages over the conventional single-use suction catheters. Intensive care staff, however, have experienced difficulties such as pooling of the catheter irrigation saline within the connectors, and hand contamination from condensate which escapes via the irrigation port. Using a descriptive survey design we quantified how frequently these problems occurred. Over an eight-week period, staff completed 923 survey forms. Hand… CONTINUE READING
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