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Tap Water Avoidance Decreases Rates of Hospital-onset Pulmonary Nontuberculous Mycobacteria.
Baker AW, Stout JE, Anderson DJ, Sexton DJ, Smith B, Moehring RW, Huslage K, Hostler CJ, Lewis SS. Tap Water Avoidance Decreases Rates of Hospital-onset Pulmonary Nontuberculous Mycobacteria. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. 2021 Aug 2; 73(3):524-527.
We analyzed the impact of a hospital tap water avoidance protocol on respiratory isolation of nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). After protocol implementation, hospital-onset episodes of respiratory NTM isolation on high-risk units decreased from 41.0 to 9.9 episodes per 10 000 patient-days (incidence rate ratio, 0.24; 95% confidence interval, .17-.34; P < .0001).