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An Outbreak of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Respiratory Tract Infections Associated with Intrinsically Contaminated Ultrasound Transmission Gel

  • Paul Chittick (a1) (a2) (a3), Victoria Russo (a2), Matthew Sims (a1) (a3), Barbara Robinson-Dunn (a3) (a4), Susan Oleszkowicz (a2), Kara Sawarynski (a1) (a3), Kimberly Powell (a1), Jacob Makin (a4), Elizabeth Darnell (a4), Judith A. Boura (a3) (a5), Bobby Boyanton (a3) (a4) and Jeffrey Band (a1) (a2) (a3)...

We describe an outbreak of Pseudomonas aeruginosa respiratory tract infections related to intrinsically contaminated ultrasound gel used for intraoperative transesophageal echocardiograms in cardiovascular surgery patients. This investigation led to a product safety alert by the Food and Drug Administration and the development of guidelines for appropriate use of ultrasound gel.

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Department of Infectious Disease, Beaumont Health System, 3601 West 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073 (
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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
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