Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Precautions

See 'Additional Information'
See 'Additional Information'

General Information

First Line Treatment

  • Cefepime

  • Meropenem

Consult ID if multi-drug resistant.

Alternate Treatment

  • Ciprofloxacin

  • Piperacillin/tazobactam

  • Aminoglycoside

Pathogen information

Nonfermenting aerobic Gram negative bacillus

Epidemiology

Ubiquitous, water-associated pathogen, easily selected for by the administration of non-antipseudomonal antimicrobials

Common in hospital environment

Associated syndromes

May be a colonizer of diseased airways and other sites

Important pathogen of generally nosocomial infections including:

  • UTI

  • Pneumonia - HAP/VAP

  • CNS

  • Intra-abdominal

  • ¬†Bacteremia

  • Vascular catheter infection

  • Burns/wound infection

  • Osteomyelitis

Additional Information

Contact Precautions if resistant to ALL aminoglycosides