Microbiologic and clinical epidemiologic characteristics of the Chicago subset of a multistate outbreak of Serratia marcescens bacteremia

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2010 Nov;31(11):1191-3. doi: 10.1086/657074.

Abstract

We describe 22 patients from a multistate outbreak of Serratia marcescens bacteremia that was linked to contaminated prefilled syringes of heparin and saline supplied by 1 manufacturer. Contents of unused syringes were cultured in pools; samples from 25 (5.3%) of 472 syringes grew S. marcescens. Despite good clinical outcomes overall, patients had substantial morbidity.

MeSH terms

  • Chicago / epidemiology
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Serratia
  • Serratia Infections / epidemiology*
  • Serratia Infections / etiology
  • Serratia marcescens / isolation & purification*
  • Syringes / microbiology