Klebsiella pneumoniae

Klebsiella pneumoniae


If MDRO, requires Enhanced Contact precautions

General Information

Fermenting gram negative rod, of the Enterobacteriaceae family.

GI flora.

In healthy hosts, can cause:

  • UTI

  • Nasty pneumonias (Friedlanders disease)

  • Liver abscesses

Nosocomial infection:

  • UTI

  • Pneumonia

  • Intra-abdominal and biliary infection

  • Prosthetic material and vascular catheter infection

Treatment of choice for ESBL strains is a carbapenem.