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RESEARCH ARTICLE

In-use effect of electrolysed water on transcutaneous oxygen sensors

Stephanie J. Dancer A D , Julie Mallon A , Rebecca Murphy B and Cliff Murch C
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A Department of Microbiology, Hairmyres Hospital, NHS Lanarkshire, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire G75 8RG, Scotland.

B Department of Podiatry, Hairmyres Hospital, NHS Lanarkshire, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire G75 8RG, Scotland.

C Department of Radiology, Hairmyres Hospital, NHS Lanarkshire, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire G75 8RG, Scotland.

D Corresponding author. Email: stephanie.dancer@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk

Healthcare Infection 20(4) 141-144 https://doi.org/10.1071/HI15017
Submitted: 8 August 2015  Accepted: 7 September 2015   Published: 1 October 2015

Abstract

Reusable clinical equipment should be decontaminated between patients in order to reduce risk of pathogen transmission. Manufacturers are obliged to offer advice regarding decontamination but occasionally insufficient guidance is provided. Tissue oxygen sensors are reusable, costly and vulnerable to disinfectants. This pilot study describes an in-use protocol using neutral electrolysed water aimed at eliminating infection risk during transcutaneous oxygen monitoring of diabetic feet. Sensor components were screened for microbial contamination before, during, and after monitoring healthy and diabetic volunteers. Exposure to electrolysed water removed original skin commensals and alleviated the risk of transmitting microbial flora without affecting test results. The product is non-toxic, inexpensive and may be useful for decontaminating a wide range of sensitive clinical equipment.


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