Certain bacteria can be found in a number of places, including in plants, water, soil, and even on your skin. This is true of pseudomonas bacteria, which is usually harmless when a person is in good health.
In some cases, pseudomonas bacteria can cause a serious infection in vulnerable people. People with compromised immune function are most susceptible to complications, especially in hospital settings where the proper sanitation steps are not taken.
Where is pseudomonas bacteria found in hospitals?
This bacteria needs a damp, moist environment to grow. As a result, it is often found in certain medical equipment within a hospital setting. Hospital humidifiers, which are used to improve dryness affecting the skin and mucus membranes, are a common source of pseudomonas bacteria. Bacteria can also be found in breathing machines, including ventilators. Other equipment, such as catheters, are also susceptible to bacterial growth. This highlights the importance of properly sterilizing such equipment each time it is used on a patient.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms depend on the part of the body affected. When the lungs are affected, the patient may present with symptoms of pneumonia. If the skin is impacted, rashes and bumps may be visible. If the digestive system is affected, nausea is common. Headaches, fever, redness, swelling, and pain can also occur.
Who is most at risk?
Burn patients have an increased risk when injuries are severe. As a result, bacteria may penetrate deep into the skin and cause damage. Certain medical conditions, including diabetes, can also heighten your risk of developing a bacterial infection. Many cancer patients take medications to suppress immune function, which leaves them more susceptible to serious infections.