This epidemic of infection would appear to be caused by improper sterilization of equipment OR utter malfeasance by the "operator."
Featured in NEJM Journal Watch: Invasive Group A Streptococcus Infections Linked to Outpatient Liposuction — Physician’s First Watch
Featured in NEJM Journal Watch: Invasive Group A Streptococcus Infections Linked to Outpatient Liposuction
By the NEJM Journal Watch Editors
An outbreak of invasive group A Streptococcus infection involved 13 medical spa clients undergoing liposuction and resulted in 1 death, according to a report in JAMA Internal Medicine. The outbreak "highlights the potential harm to individuals who undergo cosmetic procedures — even seemingly minor ones performed in an outpatient setting without any type of anesthesia," writes Larry Baddour in NEJM Journal Watch Infectious Diseases.