Which physical findings are characteristic of postnatal infection-caused neonatal sepsis?

Updated: Jun 13, 2019
  • Author: Nathan S Gollehon, MD, FAAP; Chief Editor: Muhammad Aslam, MD  more...
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Postnatally acquired pneumonia may occur at any age. If the infant has remained hospitalized in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), especially with endotracheal intubation and mechanical ventilation, the organisms may include StaphylococcusPseudomonas species, Klebsiella, or others.

Additionally, these hospital-acquired organisms frequently demonstrate multiple antibiotic resistances. Therefore, the choice of antibiotic agents in such cases requires knowledge of the likely causative organisms and local antibiotic-resistance patterns.


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