Pressure transducers as a source of bacteremia after open heart surgery. Report of an outbreak and guidelines for prevention.


During four weeks in 1974, eight (26 percent) of 31 intensive care unit patients who had undergone open-heart surgery developed symptomatic Pseudomonas cepacia bacteremia in the intensive care unit one to three days after the open-heart surgery. An investigation demonstrated that operating room pressure transducers were being contaminated during cleaning… (More)


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