• Outbreaks of Acinetobacter in ICU’s are usually due to multi-drug resistant organisms
  • Resistance can rapidly develop to tetracyclines, fluoroquinolones, aminoglycosides, and beta-lactams
  • Risk Factor for Development of Acinetobacter VAP: prior antibiotic use


  • Acinetobacter baumanii
  • Acinetobacter calcoaceticus: isolation from the lung of mechanically ventilated patient with VAP portends a worse prognosis


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  • Colistin (see Polymyxins): approximately 98% of Acinetobacter strains are susceptible to Colistin
  • Rifampin (see Rifampin): monotherapy is not recommended, as resistance develops quickly
    • Rifampin is only effective when given in combination with Colistin
  • Prolonged Carriage of Organism: a substantial proportion of patients infected with Acinetobacter remain carriers of the organism for a prolonged period
    • Long-term contact isolation is recommended


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