Early-Onset Sepsis
Escherichia coli

Escherichia coli


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General Information

Fermenting Gram-negative bacillus, of the Enterobacteriaceae family

Normal GI flora. Most predominant Gram-negative bacillus.

Most common cause of UTI.

Also common:

  • Intra-abdominal infection/abscess
  • Nosocomial pneumonia
  • Bacteremia
  • Prosthetic device infection
  • Gastroenteritis, ranging from travelers diarrhea to invasive infection with hemolytic-uremic syndrome
  • Myriad other manifestations
  • Endocarditis is rare

May require contact precautions if highly resistant i.e. ESBL, carbapenem resistant.