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The impact of tracheal suctioning with an open or a closed system on equipment and health care workers contamination with multidrug-resistant pathogens was compared. Only the closed system reduced hand and equipment contamination during tracheal suctioning. This equipment could be systematically used to reduce risk of cross contamination in the intensive care unit. Copyright © 2011 Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.


Jean-Damien Ricard, Matthieu Eveillard, Yolaine Martin, Guilène Barnaud, Catherine Branger, Didier Dreyfuss. Influence of tracheal suctioning systems on health care workers' gloves and equipment contamination: a comparison of closed and open systems. American journal of infection control. 2011 Sep;39(7):605-7

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