Serratia marcescens

Precautions

See 'Additional Information'
See 'Additional Information'

General Information

Pathogen information

Gram-negative bacilli of the Enterobacteriaceae family. Often highly resistant.

Epidemiology

Environmental organism, can colonize humans.

Infection usually in nosocomial setting.

Causes nosocomial outbreaks, and is resistant to some disinfectants.

Associated syndromes

Nosocomial infections:

  • Pneumonia (HAP)

  • UTI

  • Wound infections

  • Prosthetic device and line infections

Additional Information

May require contact precautions if highly resistant.