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Outbreak ofPseudomonas fluorescensbloodstream infection in a coronary care unit

Authors
Journal
Journal of Hospital Infection
0195-6701
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
82
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhin.2012.09.008
Keywords
  • Bloodstream Infection
  • Cardiac Output Measurement
  • Catheter-Related Infections
  • Cross-Infection
  • Emerging Communicable Diseases
  • Pseudomonas Fluorescens

Abstract

Summary An outbreak of Pseudomonas fluorescens infection in six patients in a coronary care unit was associated with a source not previously reported, namely the ice bath used for cardiac output determinations. Outbreaks of pseudobacteraemia caused by P. fluorescens and occasional blood transfusion-associated bloodstream infection (BSI) have been described. However, during the last two decades, two outbreaks of P. fluorescens BSI have been described and this article reports a third. Isolation of P. fluorescens in blood cultures must alert clinicians to the possibility of contamination of infusate, lock solutions or catheter flush.

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