Volume 15, Number 1—January 2009
CME ACTIVITY - Research
Sphingomonas paucimobilis Bloodstream Infections Associated with Contaminated Intravenous Fentanyl1
|Reference||Organism||Infection ( no. patients)||Mode of transmission||Location of outbreak|
|(3)||Serratia marcescens||Bloodstream infections (18)||Intravenous magnesium sulfate||California, New Jersey, North Carolina, New York, Massachusetts|
|(4)||S. marcescens||Meningitis, epidural abscess, or joint infection (11)*||Epidural or intra-articular injection of betamethasone||California|
|(6)||Burkholderia cepacia||Bloodstream infections and sepsis (2 pediatric patients)||Intravenous antibiotic-lock flush solution||Connecticut|
|(7)||Hepatitis C||Acute hepatitis C (16)||Injected radiopharmaceutical for myocardial perfusion study||3 clinics in Maryland|
|(8,10)||Pseudomonas fluorescens||Bloodstream infections (64)||Heparin/saline intravenous flush||Missouri, New York, Texas, Michigan, South Dakota|
|(9)||Exophiala dermatitidis||Meningitis (5)†||Epidural injection of methylprednisolone‡||2 pain management clinics in North Carolina|
*3 case-patients died.
†1 case-patient died.
‡Prepared by a compounding pharmacy in South Carolina and supplied to hospitals and clinics in 5 states.
1Data presented in part at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America; Orlando, Florida; April 6, 2008 (abstract 478).
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