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RE: [IPk] Infection from pump site



I totally agree with all the others; it sounds like a very frightening
event. Viral infections are always a worry but at least the likehood of
bacterial infections can be reduced. You mention using chlorhexidine. This
is now out of patent (ICI's Savlon etc) and can now be seen in many cheap
anti-bacterial cleansing solutions; its worth checking the labels. Alcohols
such as methanol, ethanol and methcol ought to be avoided as they thicken
the skin. Isopropanol, is I believe OK and is used in swabs. I'm told that
these swabs don't take effect immediately but taken up to 20 minutes to
work! 

Anyway, take care.


Philip

-----Original Message-----
From: Abigail King [mailto:email @ redacted]
Sent: Wednesday, September 13, 2000 4:26 PM
To: email @ redacted
Subject: Re: [IPk] Infection from pump site



----- Original Message -----
From: John Neale <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Wednesday, September 13, 2000 8:21 AM
Subject: Re: [IPk] Infection from pump site


> >I have just come out of hospital after what they called "Life
> >threatening Septicemia" from an  site infection from the pump..
>
>  Are you going to intensify your
> site cleansing with chlorhexidine or something? Have they tested you for
> nasal staphylococcus aureus?
>

>
> --

> Sharon, your story is a bit frightening. I'm glad you're better now and
hope you've no further problems
I was told when "trained"  in pump usage that there is no need to use
disinfectants etc before inserting sets. American pump users seem to
disinfect and in my disetronic manual it states that this is necessary. What
were minimed users advised and what do other users do? I recently started
bying antibacterial handwash but wonder wether I should use chlorhexidine or
hibiscrub and how to obtain this. I was always lead to believe that you
can't completely eliminate bacteria from skin and that using chemicals dries
and causes cracks thus predisposing to more infection
>  Abigail
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