Water faucets as a source of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection and colonization in neonatal and adult intensive care unit patients

Regev Cohen, Frida Babushkin, Zvi Shimoni, Shoshana Cohen, Eti Litig, Maurice Shapiro, Amos Adler, Svetlana Paikin

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Abstract

We investigated the occurrence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in our neonatal and adult intensive care units. Using enterobacterial repetitive intergenic consensus polymerase chain reaction, we showed spatial and temporal associations with clonal identity between patients' and adjacent faucets' clones. Both units' taps were highly colonized with P aeruginosa and with other waterborne bacteria. In the neonatal intensive care unit, strict use of sterile water for bathing neonates may have contributed to a reduction in clinical isolation of P aeruginosa postintervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-209
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2017

Keywords

  • ERIC-PCR
  • Infection control
  • Tap water

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