Hospital-acquired infections have been a wide-ranging concern in the medical field, as it increases mortality and incurs longer hospital stays and higher medical costs. Infection control practices and antimicrobial stewardship are thought to be emergent measures to curtail hospital-acquired infections, but adherence to such standard practices has been a concern globally, ultimately leading to poor clinical outcomes. Organisms isolated from rare sources have been reported to cause pathogenic infections in humans. Instances such as contamination of intravenous fluids and parenteral medications with gram-negative bacteria and fungus have been reported in the past. We present here, a rare outbreak of Ralstonia pickettii bacteremia from an unthought source among four critically ill patients. The epidemiological investigations confirmed the source of contagion to be fentanyl ampoules. The immediate action of disusing the batch of fentanyl ampoules was taken. Timely action and isolation precautions prevented a major outbreak within the intensive care unit (ICU).
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