Journal article

Effects of vapocoolant spray on skin sterility prior to intravenous cannulation

JG Evans, D McD Taylor, F Hurren, P Ward, M Yeoh, BP Howden

JOURNAL OF HOSPITAL INFECTION | W B SAUNDERS CO LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Alkane vapocoolant sprays evaporate rapidly, lower skin temperature and result in a temporary interruption in pain sensation. They reduce the pain of intravenous cannulation. However, concern exists that they may recontaminate the sterile cannulation site. AIM: To determine the effects of vapocoolant spray on skin sterility prior to cannulation. METHODS: Fifty patients from the emergency department of a large tertiary metropolitan hospital were enrolled in this study. Bacterial skin swabs were taken from the dorsum of both hands of each patient. From one hand, a swab was taken following standard chlorhexidine disinfection, and a second swab was taken following the application of ..

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