Bacterial contamination of propofol vials used in operating rooms of a third-level hospital

Andrés Zorrilla-Vaca, Kevin Escandón-Vargas, Vanessa Brand-Giraldo, Tatiana León, Mónica Herrera, Andrey Payán

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Abstract

We found a 6.1% bacterial contamination rate among 198 propofol vials collected after clinical use in 12 operating rooms of a high-complexity hospital in Cali, Colombia. Some propofol vials were used for extended periods (up to 72 hours), and only 26.1% of vials were punctured once. Median time of use, although not statistically significant, was higher in positive samples (7.2 vs 3.5 hours, P = .08). Education on the topic should stress that vials are single-patient use and must be immediately discarded after use.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e1-e3
JournalAmerican journal of infection control
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

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