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Tap Water Colonization With Psmdomonas aeruginosa in a Surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Relation to Psmdomonas Infections of ICU Patients

  • Matthias Trautmann (a1), Thomas Michalsky (a1), Heidemarie Wiedeck (a2), Vladan Radosavljevic (a1) and Markus Ruhnke (a3)...
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Water faucets on a surgical intensive care ward were examined prospectively as a source of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections. All water outlets harbored distinct genotypes of P aeruginosa over prolonged time periods. Over a period of 7 months, 5 (29%) of 17 patients were infected with P aeruginosa genotypes also detectable in tap water.

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Department of Medical Microbiology and Hygiene, Steinhövelstraße 9, D-89075 Ulm, Germany
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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
  • ISSN: 0899-823X
  • EISSN: 1559-6834
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