A suspected hospital outbreak of pseudobacteremia due to Pseudomonas stutzeri

T. F. Keys, L. J. Melton, M. D. Maker, D. M. Ilstrup

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Pseudomonas stutzeri was recovered from blood cultures of 24 patients from 1977 through 1979 at one Mayo Clinic-affiliated hospital. During the investigation it was determined that aqueous green soap- used throughout the hospital to prepare the skin for iv insertions - had probably become contaminated with P. stutzeri. The use of aqueous green soap was discontinued, but eight additional cases of pseudobacteremia occurred in 1980-1981 and one case occurred in 1982. With one exception, all of the patients appeared to have pseudobacteremia rather than true bacteremia; the outbreak ceased only after aqueous green soap was deleted as a standard stock item from the hospital formulary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-493
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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