The purpose of this program is to inform nurses about Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a potentially untreatable hospital-acquired pathogen that causes life-threatening infections in immunocompromised patients. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Explain how P. aeruginosa bacteria are able to escape the effects of the human immune system and antibiotics.
- Discuss how P. aeruginosa uses bacterial communication — cell-to-cell signaling.
- Identify a common hospital source of P. aeruginosa and discuss infection control measures.