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J Hosp Infect. 2012 Oct;82(2):122-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2012.07.004. Epub 2012 Aug 4.

Minor outbreak of extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae in an intensive care unit due to a contaminated sink.

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Department of Medical Sciences, Section of Clinical Bacteriology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden. gustaf_starlander@hotmail.com

Abstract

During a period of seven months four patients on the neurosurgical intensive care unit at a tertiary care hospital in Sweden became infected or colonized by an extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae strain. The investigation revealed that the source of the outbreak was a contaminated sink. By replacing the sink and its plumbing and improving routines regarding sink practices, the outbreak was successfully controlled.

PMID:
22871394
DOI:
10.1016/j.jhin.2012.07.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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