News Headlines Article

Hospital Glucose Monitors Overlooked as Infection Source
Health Leaders Media

The federal investigation of New Hampshire’s Exeter Hospital hepatitis outbreak linked to suspicions of drug diversion by a healthcare worker reveals an underappreciated potential source of infection in all healthcare organizations—the inadequate cleaning of blood glucose monitors. “It’s not well appreciated in the healthcare community that these devices should be cleaned and disinfected in between patients; that’s something that’s only now being realized,” says Joseph Perz, Prevention Team Leader for the Division of Healthcare Quality and Promotion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.