An Outbreak of Serratia marcescens Infections Related to Contaminated Chlorhexidine

Patrice Vigeant, Vivian G. Loo, Céline Bertrand, Catherine Dixon, Richard Hollis, Michael A. Pfaller, A. Peter H. McLean, Dalius J. Briedis, Trish M. Perl, Hugh G. Robson

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Abstract

An outbreak of Serratia marcescens infections occurred in a university tertiary-care hospital. Alcohol-free chlorhexidine solutions were contaminated with S marcescens. The majority of patient and chlorhexidine strains had similar pulsed field-gel electrophoresis banding patterns. Chlorhexidine was recalled, and the rate of S marcescens isolation returned to baseline. Chlorhexidine without alcohol should not be used as an antiseptic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)791-794
Number of pages4
JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Volume19
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

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Serratia Infections
Serratia marcescens
Chlorhexidine
Disease Outbreaks
Alcohols
Local Anti-Infective Agents
Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis
Tertiary Healthcare
Tertiary Care Centers

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  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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Vigeant, P., Loo, V. G., Bertrand, C., Dixon, C., Hollis, R., Pfaller, M. A., ... Robson, H. G. (1998). An Outbreak of Serratia marcescens Infections Related to Contaminated Chlorhexidine. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 19(10), 791-794. https://doi.org/10.2307/30141429

An Outbreak of Serratia marcescens Infections Related to Contaminated Chlorhexidine. / Vigeant, Patrice; Loo, Vivian G.; Bertrand, Céline; Dixon, Catherine; Hollis, Richard; Pfaller, Michael A.; McLean, A. Peter H.; Briedis, Dalius J.; Perl, Trish M.; Robson, Hugh G.

In: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, Vol. 19, No. 10, 01.01.1998, p. 791-794.

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Vigeant, P, Loo, VG, Bertrand, C, Dixon, C, Hollis, R, Pfaller, MA, McLean, APH, Briedis, DJ, Perl, TM & Robson, HG 1998, 'An Outbreak of Serratia marcescens Infections Related to Contaminated Chlorhexidine', Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, vol. 19, no. 10, pp. 791-794. https://doi.org/10.2307/30141429
Vigeant, Patrice ; Loo, Vivian G. ; Bertrand, Céline ; Dixon, Catherine ; Hollis, Richard ; Pfaller, Michael A. ; McLean, A. Peter H. ; Briedis, Dalius J. ; Perl, Trish M. ; Robson, Hugh G. / An Outbreak of Serratia marcescens Infections Related to Contaminated Chlorhexidine. In: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 1998 ; Vol. 19, No. 10. pp. 791-794.
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