Septicemia caused by contaminated parenteral nutrition pouches: the refrigerator as an unusual cause

JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. Jul-Aug 1991;15(4):474-5. doi: 10.1177/0148607191015004474.


Eleven patients in a hospital presented with septicemia caused by Enterobacter cloacae. The origin was the contamination of parenteral nutrition admixture from a resting place in the refrigerator of the parenteral mixture preparation room.

MeSH terms

  • Cold Temperature
  • Cross Infection / etiology
  • Enterobacter / growth & development*
  • Enterobacteriaceae Infections / etiology*
  • Equipment Contamination
  • Food Microbiology*
  • Food, Formulated
  • Humans
  • Parenteral Nutrition
  • Refrigeration / standards*
  • Sepsis / etiology*