Bacterial Meningitis After Intrapartum Spinal Anesthesia -- New York and Ohio, 2008-2009

De Fijter, S.; Di Orio, M.; Schaffzin, J.; Quinn, M.; Musser, K.; Nazarian, E.; Moore, M.; Beall, B.; Gertz, R.; Kallen, A.; Kim, C.; Duffy, J.
January 2010
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;1/29/2010, Vol. 59 Issue 3, p65
The article summarizes the investigations of five bacterial meningitis cases in New York and Ohio after intrapartum spinal anesthesia from 2008 to 2009. Five of the cases were confirmed to be infections with Streptococcus salivarius meningitis. The results of the investigations underscore the need to follow established infection-control suggestions during spinal procedures. One of the sources of bacterial introduction into the intrathecal space during spinal procedures is inadequately decontaminated patient skin.


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