Klebsiella pneumoniae


See 'Additional Information'
See 'Additional Information'

General Information

First Line Treatment

  • Ceftriaxone

  • Cefepime

  • Ertapenem

For carbapenem-resistant strains, consult ID

Alternate Treatment

  • Fluoroquinlone

  • Aminoglycoside


  • Piperacillin/tazobactam

  • Carbapenem

  • Tigecycline

Pathogen information

Fermenting gram negative rod, of the Enterobacteriaceae family

Associated syndromes

In healthy hosts, can cause UTI, nasty pneumonias (Friedlanders disease) and liver abscesses.

Nosocomial infection

  • UTI

  • Pneumonia

  • Intra-abdominal and biliary infection

  • Prosthetic material and vascular catheter infection

Additional Information

Contact precautions if resistant to meropenem or imipenem

Treatment of choice for ESBL strains is a carbapenem