Common clinical situations with P. aeruginosa
A.Pneumonia in patients with cystic fibrosis, the P. aeruginosa organism are highly mucoid when isolated from such patients.
- B.One of the most common organisms infecting burns and causing life-threatening
C.Osteomyelitis (bone infections) following trauma, for example patients recovering from motor vehicle accidents.
D.Infections of patients with indwelling catheters (IV lines and bladder catheters)
- E.Rapid, destructive infections of the eye, e.g., scratches of the corneal are
- inoculated by contaminated contact lens solutions (at right).
- F.Folliculitis (skin infections)
- occur because abraded skin becomes infected during a soaking in a hot tub
- contaminated with the organism (see photograph and story at end of this file).
G.Bed sores (decubitus).
- G.Diabetics are at risk of rapidly
- progressing wound infections and ear infections.
- H.Intravenous drug abusers that use
- contaminated needles can have rapidly fatal endocarditis and septic
- I.Patients who become neutropenic
- (below average peripheral blood neutrophil counts) due to disease or therapies
- are at risk of septicemia, pneumonia and wound infections by this organism.
- J.Urinary tract infection/urosepsis/septic
- shock (see news story next slide).