Possible contamination of organ preservation fluid with Bacillus cereus: The United Kingdom response

C. S. Brown, M. A. Chand, P. Hoffman, N. Woodford, D. M. Livermore, S. Brailsford, S. Gharbia, N. Small, E. Billingham, M. Zambon, K. Grant, on behalf of the United Kingdom incident response team

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We describe here the United Kingdom (UK) response following the recent international recall of an organ preservation fluid owing to potential Bacillus cereus contamination. This fluid is used for the transport of solid organs and pancreatic islet cells for transplant. We detail the response mechanisms, including the initial risk stratification, investigatory approaches, isolate analysis and communications to professional bodies. This report further lays out the potential need for enhanced surveillance in UK transplant patients.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20165
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2012

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