Serratia marcescens


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General Information

Gram negative rod, of the Enterobacteriaceae family.

Often highly resistant

Environmental organism, can colonize humans

Infection usually in nosocomial setting

Causes nosocomial outbreaks, and is resistant to some disinfectants

Nosocomial infections: pneumonia (HAP), UTI, wound infections, prosthetic device and line infections

May require contact precautions if highly resistant