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CDC Clinical Reminder: Spinal Injection Procedures Performed without a Facemask Pose Risk for Bacterial Meningitis

Posted By Administration, Sunday, May 15, 2011
Updated: Friday, January 27, 2012
The CDC has issued a Clinical Reminder on the use facemasks when injecting medicine or inserting catheters into epidural or subdural spaces of the spine. This includes epidurals during childbirth and injection of contrast dye during imaging procedures. Outbreaks of bacterial meningitis following these spinal injection procedures continue to be identified among patients whose procedures were performed by a healthcare provider who did not wear a facemask. To read the CDC’s Clinical Reminder click here.

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