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J Hosp Infect. 1994 Jul;27(3):187-93.

Nosocomial infection due to enterococci attributed to a fluidized microsphere bed. The value of pyrolysis mass spectrometry.

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Department of Microbiology, Freeman Hospital, High Heaton, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.


The potential of fluidised microsphere beds as sources of nosocomial Enterococcal infection was investigated with the help of pyrolysis mass spectrometry. Isolates from clinical specimens collected from two patients who were nursed sequentially on a fluidized microsphere bed were compared with similar isolates cultured from the microspheres before and after decontamination. Pyrolysis mass spectrometry confirmed that nosocomial spread had indeed occurred and that the existing decontamination process was inadequate. Recommendations for improvements to this decontamination process appear to have prevented further cases.

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