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Microbiologic and Clinical Epidemiologic Characteristics of the Chicago Subset of a Multistate Outbreak of Serratia marcescens Bacteremia

Monica K. Sikka , MD, Mary K. Hayden , MD, Stacy Pur , BSN, John Segreti , MD, Alan A. Harris , MD, Robert A. Weinstein , MD and Gordon Trenholme , MD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 31, No. 11 (November 2010), pp. 1191-1193
DOI: 10.1086/657074
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/657074
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Microbiologic and Clinical Epidemiologic Characteristics of the Chicago Subset of a Multistate Outbreak of Serratia marcescens Bacteremia
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Abstract

We describe 22 patients from a multistate outbreak of Serratia marcescens bacteremia that was linked to contaminated prefilled syringes of heparin and saline supplied by 1 manufacturer. Contents of unused syringes were cultured in pools; samples from 25 (5.3%) of 472 syringes grew S. marcescens. Despite good clinical outcomes overall, patients had substantial morbidity.

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