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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2006 Feb;27(2):195-7. Epub 2006 Feb 8.

Chest tube-related empyema due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: could the chest tube be coated with antiseptics?

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Department of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Employee Health, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030-4009, USA.

Abstract

We reviewed the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and outcomes of 3 cases of chest tube-related empyema due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Antiseptic-impregnated chest tubes were inserted in cultures containing MRSA isolates from these 3 patients, and zone of inhibition were measured. Chest tube-related MRSA empyema might complicate tube thoracostomy, and coating the chest tube with antiseptic agents could prevent this complication.

PMID:
16465639
DOI:
10.1086/501154
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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