Journal article

Pseudobacteremia attributed to contamination of povidone-iodine with Pseudomonas cepacia.

RL Berkelman, S Lewin, JR Allen, RL Anderson, LD Budnick, S Shapiro, SM Friedman, P Nicholas, RS Holzman, RW Haley

Ann Intern Med | Published : 1981


Pseudomonas cepacia was recovered from the blood cultures of 52 patients in four hospitals in New York over 6 months from April through October 1980. Epidemiologic investigation in one hospital indicated that the positive results of blood culture represented pseudobacteremias and implicated a 10% povidone-iodine solution used as an antiseptic and disinfectant (Pharmadine; Sherwood Pharmaceutical Company, Mahwah, New Jersey) as the source of contamination. Physicians who drew blood cultures positive for P. cepacia were more likely to have left povidone-iodine on the skin before venipuncture (p = 0.026) and were more likely to have applied povidone-iodine to the blood culture bottle tops and t..

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