Room Humidifiers as the Source of Acinetobacter Infections

Philip W. Smith, R. Michael Massanari

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Twenty-four patients contracted systemic infections with Acinetobacter calcoaceticus during a four-month period. Unheated room humidifiers at the patients' bedsides were implicated as the source of infection in six. The out-break was terminated with the removal of the humidifiers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)795-797
Number of pages3
JournalJAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
Issue number8
StatePublished - Feb 21 1977

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