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Nosocomial Infections in Intensive Care Units Attributed to Acinetobacter Strains

  • B. J. McArthur
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Part of the Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine/Anaesthesiologie und Intensivmedizin book series (A+I, volume 116)


The microorganism in question in this paper, Acinetobacter calcoaceticus, is listed in Bergy’s Manual of Determinative Bacteriology as a dichotomy containing those organisms that do not oxidize carbohydrates (Mima polymorpha group) and those that do utilize some carbohydrates (Herellea vaginicola) (3). The latter group of carbohydrate metabolizers are of concern in this paper. The full extent of this group’s involvement in nosocomial infections is difficult to assess for it has been called by many names besides Herellea. Strains of the group we are considering are currently being called Acinetobacter calcoaceticus var. anitratus, but this appellation is not accurate since strains can utilize nitrate depending upon the medium used (16). Therefore, all references to the bacterium in this paper will be A calcoaceticus.


Infected Patient Nosocomial Infection Bacterial Meningitis Serratia Marcescens Neisseria Meningitidis 
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