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Microbial contamination of non-invasive ventilation devices used by adults with cystic fibrosis.

Mutagi, A and Nash, E F and Cameron, S and Abbott, G and Agostini, Paula and Whitehouse, J L and Honeybourne, David and Boxall, E (2012) Microbial contamination of non-invasive ventilation devices used by adults with cystic fibrosis. The Journal of hospital infection, 81 (2). pp. 104-8. ISSN 1532-2939. This article is accessible to all HEFT staff and students via NHS Evidence www.evidence.nhs.uk by using their HEFT Athens login IDs

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Abstract

BACKGROUND

There is currently little evidence regarding potential risks of bacterial contamination of non-invasive ventilation (NIV) devices used by cystic fibrosis (CF) patients.

AIM

The aim of this study was to determine the extent of bacterial contamination of NIV devices in our regional adult CF centre.

METHODS

Seven NIV devices recently used by CF patients chronically infected with Pseudomonas aeruginosa or Burkholderia cepacia complex (BCC) were swabbed in seven areas, both external and internal. Two devices had undergone ethylene oxide (EtO) sterilization between patient use and swabbing, and five devices had not undergone EtO sterilization.

FINDINGS

Swabs from five devices had insignificant growth of environmental organisms and two devices had significant growth of environmental organisms. No CF pathogens were isolated from any machine.

CONCLUSIONS

No evidence was found of pathogenic microbial contamination of NIV devices used by CF patients in this small study. We suggest that further studies examine for evidence of bacterial contamination of NIV devices and that this issue should be included in future CF infection control guidelines.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is accessible to all HEFT staff and students via NHS Evidence www.evidence.nhs.uk by using their HEFT Athens login IDs
Subjects: WC Communicabable diseases
WI Digestive system. Gastroenterology
Divisions: Emergency Services > Therapies
Planned IP Care > Respiratory Medicine
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Depositing User: Mrs Yolande Brookes
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2014 12:50
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2014 12:50
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/456

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