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Mycobacterium avium pseudo-outbreak associated with an outpatient bronchoscopy clinic: Lessons for reprocessing

  • Jessica L. Seidelman (a1) (a2), Richard J. Wallace (a3), Elena Iakhiaeva (a3), Ravikiran Vasireddy (a3), Barbara A. Brown-Elliott (a3), Celeste McKnight (a4), Luke F. Chen (a1), Terry Smith (a3) and Sarah S. Lewis (a1) (a2)...

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We identified a pseudo-outbreak of Mycobacterium avium in an outpatient bronchoscopy clinic following an increase in clinic procedure volume. We terminated the pseudo-outbreak by increasing the frequency of automated endoscope reprocessors (AER) filter changes from quarterly to monthly. Filter changing schedules should depend on use rather than fixed time intervals.

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Author for correspondence: Jessica L. Seidelman, 310 Trent Drive, Hanes House Room 181, Durham, NC 27710. E-mail: jessica.seidelman@duke.edu

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Cite this article: Seidelman JL, et al. (2019). Mycobacterium avium pseudo-outbreak associated with an outpatient bronchoscopy clinic: Lessons for reprocessing. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology 2019, 40, 106–108. doi: 10.1017/ice.2018.298

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