April 2002 AAOS Report
CDC reports 26 cases o allograft-associated bacterial infections
In an "Update: Allograft-Associated Bacterial Infections-United States, 2002," the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that "after the reported death of a recipient of an allograft contaminated with Clostridium spp. (an anaerobic spore and toxin-forming organism), CDC investigated this case and solicited additional reports of allograft-associated infections; 26 cases have been identified" as of March 11. The patient who died underwent knee reconstruction surgery in Minnesota last November. The report in the March 15, 2002 issue of MMWR summarizes the investigation of these cases and describes additional steps given to a tissue processor to enhance tissue transplant safety. The matter has been referred to the AAOS Patient Safety Committee and its subcommittee, the Tissue Banking project team. View the report .