Journal article

Pseudomonas aeruginosa outbreak associated with a contaminated blood-gas analyser in a neonatal intensive care unit

SM Garland, S Mackay, S Tabrizi, S Jacobs

Journal of Hospital Infection | W B SAUNDERS CO LTD | Published : 1996


Over a 10 month period in a neonatal intensive care unit there was an outbreak of infection caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa (resistant to ticarcillin, timentin) which involved 24 newborns. There was extensive morbidity and mortality (38%) associated with the infections, which presented as septicaemia (N = 6) (five succumbed and four had coexisting pneumonia), pneumonia (N = 6), meningitis (one, died), conjunctivitis (N = 1), otitis externa (N = 1), conjunctivitis plus otitis externa (N = 1). In addition there were two pseudosepticaemias and six colonized infants, three of whom were treated for the presence of P. aeruginosa in endotracheal aspirates. There was always at least one baby coloni..

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