Klebsiella pneumoniae

Klebsiella pneumoniae


Routine Practices

General Information

Fermenting gram negative rod, of the Enterobacteriaceae family

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

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

Treatment of choice for serious infections with ESBL strains is a carbapenem.