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Burkholderia cepacia outbreak

24 Jul 2016

By: Julie Koch, RN, MSN, CIC, manager, Infection Prevention

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been working with health departments to investigate a multi-state outbreak of infections caused by Burkholderia cepacia.  To date, 47 cases have been confirmed, though none in Oregon.  They have been tracking an association with liquid docusate in ICU patients.  The CDC is recommending that clinicians NOT use any liquid docusate product as a stool softener or for any other medical purpose, and have expanded this recommendation now to ALL patients, regardless of setting.  Alternatives should be used. 

When ordering docusate oral liquid in Epic, providers will see a statement regarding its temporary unavailability due to the CDC/FDA action and will be provided with available alternatives and a link to the FDA statementInfection Prevention and Pharmacy will continue to monitor this and any other situations to protect the safety of our patients and care teams.

Click here to learn more about Burkholderia cepacia.