The relationship between a single-patient-use electrocardiograph cable and lead system and coronary artery bypass graft surgical site infection within a Medicare population


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Abstract

HIGHLIGHTSReusable electrocardiography lead wires and cables are often cleaned inadequately.Electrocardiography lead wires may come in contact with sternal incision sites.Single use electrocardiography cable and lead wire system hospitals had lower SSI rates.Single use electrocardiography cable and lead wire may eliminate a source of cross-contamination.Surgical site infection incidence following coronary artery bypass graft surgery was observed across 27,296 procedures within a Medicare population. A facility-level case-control claims analysis demonstrated a significant 25% reduction (P = .04) in suspected surgical site infection at 90 days after coronary artery bypass graft surgery at facilities utilizing a single-patient-use electrocardiography cable and lead wire system.

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