An outbreak of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections following thoracic surgeries occurring via the contamination of bronchoscopes and an automatic endoscope reprocessor.

@article{Shimono2008AnOO,
  title={An outbreak of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections following thoracic surgeries occurring via the contamination of bronchoscopes and an automatic endoscope reprocessor.},
  author={Nobuyuki Shimono and Takahiro Takuma and Noriko Tsuchimochi and Akira Shiose and Masayuki Murata and Yoko Kanamoto and Yujiro Uchida and Shigeki Morita and Hiroko N. Matsumoto and Jun Hayashi},
  journal={Journal of infection and chemotherapy : official journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy},
  year={2008},
  volume={14 6},
  pages={418-23}
}
An outbreak of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections occurred after thoracic surgeries performed between May and June 2003. Clinical data of seven patients were reviewed and the fact was revealed that bronchoscopes were used during endotracheal intubation for one-lung ventilation in most patients. P. aeruginosa was recovered from the sputum of these patients at a very early stage post-operation. Environmental samples from bronchoscopes and an automated endoscope reprocessor (AER) were cultured and… CONTINUE READING

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