Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

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What is it?

Pseudomonas Aeruginosa is an environmental bacteria that is in the top 3 leading causes of opportunistic infections. It causes 10%-20% of infections in hospitals. The bacteria is common because the pathogen has become resistant to many antibiotics.

What does it cause?

  • Malignant external otitis
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Endocarditis
  • Pneumonia
  • Septicemia

Who does it effect?

Psuedomonas Aeruginosa effects patients with:
  • Burn wounds
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Acute leukemia
  • Organ transplants
  • Intravenous drug addicts
The bacteria is traced back to many items in health care facilities

Disease Course

According to Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the bacteria is carried under healthcare workers' fingernails and transmitted to patients admitted in the hospital. In order to prevent this, healthcare professionals could keep their nails short and wash their hands frequently