BP cuffs may harbor germs.
Two studies published this year highlight the potential dangers of
contaminated blood pressure cuffs. The research teams found bacteria on
the inner and outer sides of cuffs used at hospitals in France and the
United Kingdom. The highest rates of contamination occurred on cuffs in
intensive care units and on nurses' carts. No cuffs that had been
recently cleaned had a high level of contamination. Study authors
caution that BP cuffs may spread bacterial infections from patient to
patient or re-infect a single patient.
Wiping the cuff with an alcohol swab or two would help remove