How are Pseudomonas infections prevented?

Updated: Dec 17, 2018
  • Author: Selina SP Chen, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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  • No vaccine is available to prevent infection by Pseudomonas organisms.

  • Hospital personnel should enforce universal precautions to prevent spread of infections.

  • Iatrogenic causes of nosocomial infections from central lines, Foley catheters, or endotracheal tubes can be prevented by avoiding such instrumentation, by limiting the time they are used, and by following CDC recommendations for inserting catheters. Prophylactic antibiotic administration is not recommended because of the emergence of resistant organisms; [13] however, the effectiveness of antibiotic-treated catheters is under study.

  • To prevent folliculitis, CDC Health and Safety Guidelines for Public Spas and Hot Tubs recommend a free chlorine concentration of 1-3 mg/L and a pH of 7.2-7.8. Drain private hot tubs every 4-8 weeks, depending on the amount of use. Completely drain public hot tubs and whirlpools on a daily basis and clean interiors with an acidic solution. Bromine can be used as an alternative to chlorine.

  • If possible, avoid contact with animals infected by B mallei and B pseudomallei.

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