Research Article

Epidemic of prosthetic valve endocarditis caused by Staphylococcus epidermidis.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985; 291 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.291.6500.949 (Published 05 October 1985) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985;291:949
  1. P J van den Broek,
  2. A S Lampe,
  3. G A Berbée,
  4. J Thompson,
  5. R P Mouton

    Abstract

    In an epidemic of prosthetic valve endocarditis caused by Staphylococcus epidermidis the surgeon was found to be the source of contamination. The probable route was accidental puncture of gloves during operation. During the epidemiological investigation a second cluster of patients contaminated with Staph epidermidis during open heart surgery was found also related to one surgeon. This strain caused no detectable signs or symptoms of infection. Carriage of virulent staph epidermidis has rarely been recognised as a hazard but may have serious consequences.