Proper care of infants in hospitals in an absolute must to prevent illness and infection. Without the proper safety measures, there is a chance that infants will fall ill. This is especially true of premature babies, who are often immune-compromised. A pseudomonas infection is one possible issue that can result from improper hospital practices, and these infections can prove deadly to vulnerable patients.
What is pseudomonas bacteria?
Most people come in contact with pseudomonas bacteria every day without issue. This bacteria is found virtually everywhere, including on the skin, in soil and water, and even in plants. While most people will not develop any issues, some may experience mild effects, including rash and mild infections. However, when a person’s immune system is compromised devastating effects can occur.
How is it transmitted?
While it can be transmitted via food and water, pseudomonas infections often occur in the hospital setting. Medical equipment that is not properly maintained and cleaned can host this bacteria, which is then passed on to patients when devices are used. Sanitation is another issue. If a hospital worker fails to wash his or her hands before attending to a patient, the bacteria could be passed along. To some patients, such as those with illnesses that compromise immune function, this can be a major issue.
What are the symptoms?
Because this infection can take root in any area of the body, symptoms typically vary depending on which part of the body is affected. If a wound is infected, a green discharge with a foul odor may be present. When it occurs in the lungs, symptoms of pneumonia will be present. Severe skin rashes can also occur, as can pain, swelling, and redness in the infected area. Fever is also common, despite where the infection is taking place.