Bacterial contamination of propofol vials: The second report from Turkey

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Zeynep Ergenc
Hasan Ergenç
Fatih Bostancı
Fuat Ekiz
Gulşah Baycelebi
Feyzi Gökosmanoğlu


Objective: In this study, we look at the case report of an outbreak of sepsis in patients who underwent upper gastrointestinal endoscopy or colonoscopy during three consecutive days. Twelve patients had diagnostic procedures in the endoscopy unit between 05 May 2018 and 07 May 2018. Of the 12 patients, three had upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, six had a colonoscopy, and three had a combination of two procedures. Within two days of discharge, five patients diagnosed with SIRS and referred with fever as the major sign were hospitalized to the infectious diseases clinic. In our Endoscopy Unit, media, drug, and material cultures were taken for microbiological analysis, and microbial agents were searched. Growth was detected only in the propofol drawn into the syringe that was used on the patient. This study highlights the importance of strict compliance with aseptic injection guidance and constant analysis of microbiological data


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Ergenc, Z. ., Ergenç, H., Bostancı, F. ., Ekiz, F. ., Baycelebi, G. ., & Gökosmanoğlu, F. . (2022). Bacterial contamination of propofol vials: The second report from Turkey. Medical Science and Discovery, 9(11), 639–642.
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Received 2022-10-29
Accepted 2022-11-24
Published 2022-11-28


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