Chapter 9 - Clinical Corner

A nosocomial infection has broken out in the hospital. The organism responsible is a Gram-positive spore forming bacillus. You are asked to devise a strategy to deal with this problem.

A. What is the most important consideration?

B. Should you recommend changes in hospital disinfection procedures?

C. Should you consider any recommendations about patient therapy protocols?

Your patient is suffering from an intestinal infection. After several days on broad-spectrum antibiotics without improvement, the patient was admitted to the hospital. A routine lab workup reveals that the pathogen responsible for the infection is a Gram-negative bacillus.

A. What other characteristics of the organism would be useful for you to know about?

B. What other information could be useful for developing a plan for the treatment of the patient?