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Gordonia bronchialis Sternal Wound Infection in 3 Patients following Open Heart Surgery: Intraoperative Transmission from a Healthcare Worker

  • Shaneka N. Wright (a1), Joanna S. Gerry (a2), Mary T. Busowski (a3), Alena Y. Klochko (a3), Steven G. McNulty (a4), Scott A. Brown (a1), Barry E. Sieger (a3), P. Ken Michaels (a5) and Mark R. Wallace (a3)...


We describe an investigation of 3 postoperative Gordonia bronchialis sternal infections. A nurse anesthetist was identified as the source of the outbreak, her scrubs likely becoming contaminated by her home washing machine. The outbreak ended after disposal of the implicated washing machine. Domestic laundering of surgical scrubs may need reevaluation.


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Infection Prevention and Control Department, Orlando Health, 1414 Kuhl Avenue, Orlando, FL 32806 (


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