An outbreak of Acinetobacter respiratory tract infection resulting from incomplete disinfection of ventilatory equipment

J Hosp Infect. 1990 Feb;15(2):177-82. doi: 10.1016/0195-6701(90)90128-b.


An outbreak of multiresistant Acinetobacter anitratus respiratory tract infection occurred over a 30-day-period in six patients admitted to an intensive care unit. Standard precautions failed to curtail the outbreak, which was finally attributed to ineffective disinfection of reusable ventilator tubing.

MeSH terms

  • Acinetobacter / classification
  • Acinetobacter / drug effects
  • Acinetobacter / isolation & purification
  • Acinetobacter Infections / etiology*
  • Cross Infection / etiology*
  • Disinfection / standards*
  • Humans
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / etiology*
  • Sterilization / standards*
  • Ventilators, Mechanical*