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What is Pseudomonas?

Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) is among the most common pathogens associated with healthcare-acquired infections, and is often antibiotic resistant.

Pseudomonas infections, caused by the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa, can affect different parts of the body, including the blood, lungs (leading to pneumonia), and areas after surgical procedures. These infections pose a significant threat, especially to individuals with weakened immune systems.

Where is it commonly found?

Pseudomonas bacteria can be found in a variety of locations – especially in damp and warm environments. 

          • Hot tubs and whirlpools not drained between uses
          • Bathrooms, sinks, and kitchens
          • Shower heads and stagnant plumbing
          • Water systems in hotels, hospitals, and nursing homes
          • Humidifiers

Why Is It a Greater Concern in Healthcare Facilities?

Antibiotic Resistance: Pseudomonas aeruginosa has a unique ability to resist antibiotics, and it can even become resistant to multiple types, making treatment challenging.

Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs): In healthcare settings, Pseudomonas infections are particularly worrisome for several reasons:

            • Hospitalized Patients: Patients in hospitals, especially those on ventilators, with catheters, or recovering from surgery or burns, are at risk.
            • Spread in Healthcare Settings: Pseudomonas can spread through contaminated hands, equipment, or surfaces in healthcare facilities.
            • Increased Morbidity and Mortality: Pseudomonas infections significantly contribute to illness and death.

Prevention Measures

Environmental Audit: U.S. Water will work with your staff to conduct recommended infection control practices, including thorough hand hygiene and cleaning patient rooms and shared equipment.

Water Management Plans: Healthcare facilities implement water management plans to ensure water quality and reduce the risk of exposure to harmful germs like Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

How U.S. Water Can Help

            • Our experienced staff can help develop management plans.
            • Proactive prevention is crucial since Pseudomonas can become drug-resistant. We emphasize avoiding outbreaks, but if bacteria are found, our team collaborates with your facility to create a remediation plan.

Did you know?

Our state-certified lab offers the following bacteria water tests: Coliform/e. Coli, Legionella, Pseudomonas?

U.S. Water Trusts Pseudalert for Pseudomonas Testing

Benefits to the Pseudalert Test:
  • Fast
    The Pseudalert® Test delivers results fast so that you can respond quickly if need be. It can deliver confirmed culture results in only 24 hours!

  • Accurate
    This testing method can detest Pseudomonas aeruginosa – the only Pseudomonas species known to cause health issues – when traditional culture methods do not.

  • Consistent
    This test has greater than 98% reproducibility which helps remove uncertainty. This means you won’t have to re-test before taking action!

  • Relevant
    This test is very timely and important, as it focuses specifically on a very dangerous form of bacteria that can cause serious health problems.