Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is commonly found in hospitals and other healthcare environments where cross-contamination easily occurs. It thrives on most solid surfaces, but can also be found in water. CuVerro antimicrobial copper surfaces have been proven effective at killing these antibiotic resistant bacteria within 2 hours of exposure.

 

What types of infections does Pseudomonas aeruginosa cause?

Serious Pseudomonas infections usually occur in people in the hospital and/or with weakened immune systems. Infections of the blood, pneumonia, and infections following surgery can lead to severe illness and death in these people. However, healthy people can also develop mild illnesses with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, especially after exposure to water. Ear infections, especially in children, and more generalized skin rashes may occur after exposure to inadequately chlorinated hot tubs or swimming pools. Eye infections have occasionally been reported in persons using extended-wear contact lenses.

Who is at risk for infection?

Patients in hospitals, especially those on breathing machines, those with devices such as catheters, and patients with wounds from surgery or from burns are potentially at risk for serious, life-threatening infections.

How is Pseudomonas aeruginosa spread?

In hospitals, where the most serious infections occur, Pseudomonas can be spread on the hands of healthcare workers or by equipment that gets contaminated and is not properly cleaned.

How are Pseudomonas infections treated?

Pseudomonas infections are generally treated with antibiotics. Unfortunately, In hospitalized patients, Pseudomonas infections, like those caused by many other hospital bacteria, are becoming more difficult to treat because of increasingly antibiotic resistance. Selecting the right antibiotic usually requires that a specimen from a patient be sent to a laboratory to test to see which antibiotics might still be effective for treating the infection.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/hai/organisms/pseudomonas.html