Acinetobacter Baumannii Infection
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
An Acinetobacter baumannii infection is caused by the Acinetobacter baumannii bacteria (germ). Acinetobacter baumannii can cause serious infections in the lungs, blood, and brain. It may also cause urinary tract and wound infections. This germ may be found on skin or in food, water, or soil. It may also be found in hospitals. Acinetobacter baumannii is highly contagious.
- Antibiotics: This medicine will help fight or prevent an infection. Take your antibiotics until they are gone, even if you feel better.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your primary healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Prevent Acinetobacter baumannii from spreading:
- Keep wounds clean and covered: Do not touch any wounds or items that were used to clean wounds. Place used bandages in a sealed plastic bag when you throw them away.
- Wash your hands: Use soap and water to wash your hands after you use the toilet or change a child's diaper. Wash your hands before you touch your face, nose, and mouth and before you prepare or serve food. Germ-killing hand lotion or gel may be used to clean your hands if you do not have water.
- Cover your mouth when you cough: Cough into a tissue or your shirtsleeve, rather than into your hand.
- Avoid sharing personal items: This includes eating and drinking utensils, towels, or other personal items.
Contact your primary healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- You have chills or a cough or feel weak and achy.
- You have new or more pain, redness, or swelling in the area of a wound.
- Your urine is dark in color, or you are urinating less or less often than usual.
- You have questions or concerns about your infection, treatment, or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You have sudden or new chest pain or a fast heartbeat.
- You have sudden trouble breathing.
- Your lips and fingernails turn blue.
- You are sleepy, confused, and have trouble answering simple questions.
- You have sudden numbness or weakness in your arms or legs.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.