Serratia Treatment & Management

Updated: Oct 25, 2021
  • Author: Payal K Patel, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Medical Care

​Serratia species can have multidrug resistance, particularly given the ability to induce AmpC β-lactamases. Infectious diseases consultation may be warranted. Antibiotic therapy is the primary treatment in most patients with serious Serratia infection. Home therapy is an option in patients who are clinically stable.


Surgical Care

Purulent collections (abscesses) may require drainage plus adjunctive antibiotic therapy.



Consult a cardiac surgeon if considering valve replacement in patients with infective endocarditis.

In a possible nosocomial outbreak of Serratia infection, strain typing may assist the epidemiologic investigation.

Infectious Diseases consultation may be warranted in formulating the optimal regimen for treatment.