Bacteremia outbreak tied to improper filtration by compounding pharmacy

Thompson, Cheryl A.
November 2011
American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy;11/15/2011, Vol. 68 Issue 22, p2110
Academic Journal
The article reports the joint federal-state investigation of the 2011 outbreak of Serratia marcescens bacteremia, which involved 19 patients at six hospitals in central Alabama, out of which 9 patients died. It mentions that investigators found bacteremia isolates in blood samples of all patients who were tested and in samples from tap water. The article also reports how process of sterilization was not followed as per the pharmaceutical compounding of sterile preparations.


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