Acinetobacter Treatment & Management

Updated: Nov 27, 2018
  • Author: Shirin A Mazumder, MD, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Treatment

Medical Care

Initiate supportive care, depending on the organ system involved.

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Surgical Care

Colonized or infected lines, drains, shunts, or other devices should be removed or replaced as required.

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Consultations

A consultation with an infectious disease specialist is advised to differentiate colonization from infection and for antibiotic recommendations if infection is present.

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Prevention

Although Acinetobacter colonization rarely results in infection, colonization does precede infection. Colonization in one patient may result in infection in another patient. For these reasons, every attempt should be made to isolate patients who are colonized with Acinetobacter in order to prevent other patients from becoming colonized.

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Further Inpatient Care

Precautions should be taken to prevent colonized patients from colonizing other patients, particularly in the ICU.

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