Burkholderia cepacia: Information der schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Infektiologie

18. Juli 2016

Burkholderia cepacia complex Outbreak Associated with “SINAQUA™ Dermal Glove”

The link between contaminated washing gloves (SINAQUA™ Dermal Glove) and clinical cases of Burkholderia contamination/infection in several Swiss hospitals has been confirmed by PFGE-assisted typing. Multiple LOTs of “SINAQUA™ Dermal Glove” were tested positive for Burkholderia cepacia complex. In accordance with the distributor we recommend for the time being to no longer use “SINAQUA™ Dermal Gloves” in the clinical setting regardless of the production date. Additionally, several contaminated “SINAQUA™ Dermal Gloves” also tested positive for Serratia marcescens. The relevance of this finding is not yet clear. Sporadic sampling of other SINAQUA™ products (Shampoo cap, Pediatric glove) have not demonstrated a contamination so far. An independent investigation at the production site in Italy is ongoing. Swiss customers (i.e., hospitals; other healthcare facilities) of SINAQUA™ products will be contacted this week with a case reporting form. This investigation was mandated by the FOPH and Swissmedic to the infection control unit of Inselspital Bern. We kindly ask you to support your home institution in helping to report clinical cases.

Prof. Hansjakob Furrer
President SSI