Serratia marcescens bacteremia because of contaminated prefilled heparin and saline syringes: A multi-state report

Roy F. Chemaly, Dhanesh B. Rathod, Monica K. Sikka, Mary K. Hayden, Mark Hutchins, Tracy Horn, Jeffery Tarrand, Javier Adachi, Kim Nguyen, Gorden Trenholme, Issam Raad

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Abstract

A national outbreak of Serratia marcescens bacteremia because of contaminated prefilled heparin and saline syringes led to their recall. We evaluated the clinical impact of this outbreak in 57 patients at 3 centers. All patients were symptomatic and were treated with intravenous antibiotics with a fatal outcome in 1 patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)521-524
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Volume39
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011

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Keywords

  • Serratia marcescens bacteremia
  • contaminated devices
  • hospital-related infection
  • multi-state outbreak

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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Chemaly, R. F., Rathod, D. B., Sikka, M. K., Hayden, M. K., Hutchins, M., Horn, T., Tarrand, J., Adachi, J., Nguyen, K., Trenholme, G., & Raad, I. (2011). Serratia marcescens bacteremia because of contaminated prefilled heparin and saline syringes: A multi-state report. American Journal of Infection Control, 39(6), 521-524. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2010.08.020