An Approach to Controlling Acinetobacter Outbreaks in the ICUs

  • X. Corbella
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Part of the Topics in Anaesthesia and Critical Care book series (TIACC)


Acinetobacter baumannii has emerged as an important nosocomial pathogen over the last 15 years and hospital outbreaks are increasingly being reported worldwide [1–13]. The genus Acinetobacter has undergone many taxonomic changes, making difficult the comparison between historical and modern series. Among the 19 genomic species currently recognized, there are three usually isolated in hospitalized populations: species 2 (A. baumannii), 3 and 13 [14–17]. These three species are included in the so-called A. calcoaceticus-A. baumannii complex group [18–20]. Nowadays, isolates of A. baumannii are almost exclusively hospital-acquired and rarely found in the community [21].


Acinetobacter Baumannii Carbapenem Resistance Acinetobacter Calcoaceticus Selective Digestive Decontamination Acinetobacter Species 


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