CDC Probes Bacteria Outbreak From Contaminated IVs

Law360, New York (March 30, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Alabama Department of Public Health are investigating an outbreak of serratia marcescens bacteria among 19 patients receiving liquid nutrition intravenously in six Alabama hospitals.

The agencies have traced the problem to TPN, or total parenteral nutrition, produced by a single pharmacy, Birmingham-based Meds IV, according to a statement the ADPH issued Tuesday.

The pharmacy was alerted of the problem and has recalled all of its TPN, which is liquid nutrition fed through an IV using a catheter,...
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