William Schaffner, M.D., F.A.C.P.; S. K. Felts, M.D.; M. A. Melly, Ph.D.; M. G. Koenig, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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The nationwide epidemic of sepsis caused by contaminated Abbott intravenous fluid has received wide publicity. Its effects on patients in Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville, Term., are presented. Twenty-nine patients had sepsis caused by Enterbacter cloacae, Herbicola lathyri gp., and Pseudomonas stutzeri. These were uncommon pathogens prior to the outbreak. In four cases sepsis contributed to the patient's death. Patients ranged in age from 17 days to 86 years and were on all hospital services. The patients presented with hectic fever (93%), shaking chills (45%), and phlebitis at the infusion site (38%). Hypotension was less common (24%). Multiple positive blood cultures
Schaffner W, Felts SK, Melly MA, et al. An Outbreak of Sepsis Caused by Contaminated Intravenous Fluid: Clinical, Epidemiologic, and Laboratory Observations.. Ann Intern Med. 1972;76:872–873. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-5-872_5
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(5):872-873.
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