The authors describe an outbreak of Burkholderia cenocepacia bacteremia in 4 hospitals across Australia between the dates of March 2017 and May 2017. Eleven patients were infected, predominately in intensive care units. A collaborative outbreak response team was formed to investigate sources of the contamination. Intravenous fluids were cultured and testing of multiple potential sources were performed. The source of the infection was traced back to contaminated sterile ultrasound gel sachets within kits used in central line insertion and sterile procedures.
One of the largest single-center studies comparing the yield and complication rate of 2,138 kidney biopsies was performed by Nephrologists in a tertiary care teaching institute in India. The patient demographic ranged from pediatric to adult and the kidney biopsy types included native, graph and transplanted organs. During the first observational period spanning April 2004 – December 2010, 1,510 ultrasound-guided biopsies were performed by Nephrologists with the imaging support of a Radiologist and without the use of a biopsy needle guide device. During the second period of evaluation, January 2011 – March 2013, 628 renal biopsies were performed solely by Nephrologists using both real-time ultrasound imaging ultrasound systems and Ultra-Pro II™ needle guide.