Kaye, Donald
May 2004
Clinical Infectious Diseases;5/1/2004, Vol. 38 Issue 9, p3
Academic Journal
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.


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