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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 germs.
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Title Annotation:FOCUS ON HYPERTENSION: What You Should Know About High Blood Pressure
Publication:Saturday Evening Post
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUFR
Date:Nov 1, 2006
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