Spreading in US Facilities

Epidemic Danger?

KlebsiellaHospital infections can be very hard to treat and prevent given the number of surfaces on which bacteria and viruses can linger, sometimes for days or weeks. The klebsiella bacteria, a gram-negative strain, are associated with surgical site infections, meningitis, pneumonia, and infection of the bloodstream. Although these bacteria are normally found in the intestinal tract, they can occur in the healthcare setting and the most susceptible patients at present are ones who may be hooked up to ventilators, using IV catheters, and may be on antibiotics for a long period of time. Interpersonal contact is the most common form of transmission, and aside from ensuring healthcare workers have clean hands, it is imperative that family members and visitors also take the time to keep their hands clean.

Right now, the spread of klebsiella is not known to happen by way of the air. Patients with the illness should be kept in isolation and gowns and gloves should be used by caregivers who enter these rooms.

Klebsiella Pneumonia now drug resistant

Natural disinfectants and complementary medicines for fighting infection have made the news for a number of years, but the introduction of an engineered form of honey holds promise for the refinement of medicine that is not as expensive as some cures, and also may hold out against antibiotic resistance that tends to plague new cures that come on the horizon every couple of years.

Prevention

The biggest opportunities for prevention are the same as checking the spread of most other illnesses including MRSA and norovirus. Hand washing before making or eating food, nose blowing, restroom use, or touching hospital surfaces (phones, bed rails, doorknobs, or anything that may be touched, including visitor chairs and light switches) is a must. This becomes doubly important prior to changing bandages and wound dressings, inserting or removing catheters, changing IV tubes, or giving injections. Most of these protocols may be in place, but the spread of antibiotic resistant infections in hospitals once again underscores the need for constant cleaning and room treatment in order to avoid dangerous illnesses.