Outbreak of Acinetobacter baumannii bacteremia related to contaminated morphine used for patient-controlled analgesia

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Abstract

We investigated a cluster of postoperative febrile episodes and episodes of Acinetobacter baumannii bacteremia in obstetrics and gynecology wards after an electrical blackout and loss of the water supply. The use of patient-controlled analgesia was the only independent risk factor associated with postoperative fever, and A. baumannii isolates recovered from the blood of patients who had received patient-controlled analgesia were genetically related to an isolate recovered from the diluted morphine solution used for this procedure. After inappropriate preparation of the morphine solution was identified and stopped, the outbreak ended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1213-1217
Number of pages5
JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Volume28
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Oct 22

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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