How is P aeruginosa rated in the CDC National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance System?

Updated: Dec 17, 2018
  • Author: Selina SP Chen, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance System, P aeruginosa can be rated as follows:

  • Number 1 cause of intensive care unit (ICU)–related pneumonia

  • Number 1 cause of osteochondritis

  • Number 2-ranked gram-negative organism, responsible for 9% of all nosocomial bacterial and fungal isolates

  • Number 2 cause of nosocomial pneumonia

  • Number 3-ranked isolate in hospital-acquired UTIs

  • Number 4 cause of surgical site infections and of hospital-acquired gram-negative rod bacteremia

  • Number 5 hospital pathogen

  • Number 8-ranked bloodstream isolate

  • Causes 10% of nosocomial infections

  • Most common bacteria isolated from mild-to-severe form of external otitis and chronic suppurative otitis media

  • Most common gram-negative organism isolated from corneal ulcers and endocarditis

  • Frequent cause of contact lens–associated keratitis

  • Second most frequent cause of brain abscess and meningitis in patients with cancer

  • Third most common cause of recurrent UTIs complicated by obstruction, catheters, or stones

  • Fifth most common cause of recurrent UTIs in schoolchildren

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