An 'outbreak' of pulmonary pseudoinfection by Serratia marcescens

J Hosp Infect. 1985 Jun;6(2):218-20. doi: 10.1016/s0195-6701(85)80101-8.

Abstract

The recovery of multiple isolates of Serratia marcescens from bronchial lavage specimens was traced to contaminated fibreoptic bronchoscopes. Four patients were involved and none became infected. Awareness of a cluster of serratia cultures and immediate investigation and institution of control measures may have prevented the occurrence of true infections.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Bacterial Infections / epidemiology*
  • Bacterial Infections / microbiology
  • Bronchi / microbiology
  • Bronchoscopes
  • Bronchoscopy / adverse effects
  • Cross Infection / epidemiology
  • Cross Infection / microbiology
  • Disease Outbreaks / epidemiology*
  • Equipment Contamination
  • Female
  • Fiber Optic Technology / instrumentation
  • Humans
  • Israel
  • Lung Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Lung Diseases / microbiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Serratia marcescens / isolation & purification*