TITLE

DIRTY SURGICAL MARKER BLAMED FOR M. CHELONAE INFECTION IN FACE-LIFT PATIENTS

AUTHOR(S)
Kaye, Donald
PUB. DATE
May 2004
SOURCE
Clinical Infectious Diseases;5/1/2004, Vol. 38 Issue 9, p3
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
According to new findings published in the journal "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report," a recent outbreak of Mycobacterium chelonae infection in 4 patients undergoing rhytidectomy in New Jersey seems to have resulted from the use of a contaminated surgical marker. Initial testing of surgical instruments and the operating room environment failed to uncover any source for the mycobacterium. Interviews with surgical staff revealed that the patients' surgeon used a water-based solution of methylene blue to mark muscle incisions during rhytidectomy. No other surgeons used methylene blue in this manner and the patients' surgeon only used it during rhytidectomy cases.
ACCESSION #
13058641

 

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