publication . Article . 2006

Hospital outbreak of atypical mycobacterial infection of port sites after laparoscopic surgery

Vijayaraghavan, R.; Chandrashekhar, R.; Sujatha, Y.; Belagavi, C.S.;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2006
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract
A series of 145 laparoscopy port site infections due to Mycobacterium chelonae were found in 35 patients following laparoscopy at a single hospital over a six-week period. The contaminating source was ultimately identified as the rinsing water used for washing chemically disinfected instruments. The organism survived and grew within the biofilm at the bottom of disinfectant trays and within the outer sleeves of re-usable laparoscopic instruments. Remedial control measures included changing to ethylene oxide gas sterilization of laparoscopic equipment instead of chemical sterilization, thorough dismantling and manual precleaning of instruments, drying prior to ga...
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free text keywords: Infectious Diseases, Microbiology (medical), General Medicine, Surgery, medicine.medical_specialty, medicine, Laparoscopic surgery, medicine.medical_treatment, Equipment Contamination, business.industry, business, Mycobacterium chelonae, biology.organism_classification, biology, Disinfectant, Outbreak, Laparoscopy, medicine.diagnostic_test, Atypical mycobacterial infection, Sterilization (microbiology)
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