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    An APIC Guide


    Guide to the Elimination o

    Multidrug-resistantAcinetobacter baumanniiTransmission inHealthcare Settings

    About APICAPICs mission is to improve health and patient saety by reducing risks o inection andother adverse outcomes. The Associations more than 12,000 members have primary

    responsibility or inection prevention, control, and hospital epidemiology in healthcaresettings around the globe. APICs members are nurses, epidemiologists, physicians,microbiologists, clinical pathologists, laboratory technologists, and public healthproessionals. APIC advances its mission through education, research, consultation,collaboration, public policy, practice guidance, and credentialing .

    Financial Support or the Distribution o This Guide Provided by Clorox in the Form o anUnrestricted Educational Grant

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    On the Cover:Acinetobacter baumannii, magnified 1,546x. Public Health Image Library, ID# 10096. Courtesy of CDC/Janice Haney Carr.

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    Guide to the Elimination o Multidrug-resistantAcinetobacter baumannii Transmission in Healthcare Settings


    Table o Contents

    Acknowledgements 4

    Foreword 5

    Guide Overview 6

    Laboratory ConsiderationsEpidemiologyPathogenicity 10

    Risk Assessment 17

    Surveillance 20

    Antibiotic Stewardship and Antibiograms 23

    Standard Precautions and ransmission-based Precautions 27

    Te Environment 33

    Outbreak Recognition and Control 39

    Special Settings: Long-term Care, Ambulatory Care, Pediatrics 46

    oolsAppendix A: Multidrug-resistantAcinetobacter baumannii(MDR Ab)

    Surveillance Line Listing 54Appendix B: Sae Donning and Removal o Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 55Appendix C: Multidrug-resistantAcinetobacter baumannii(MDR Ab)

    Patient/Visitor Education 57Appendix D: Daily High ouch Cleaning Checklist 58

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    APIC acknowledges the valuable contributions o the ollowing individuals:


    Patricia Rosenbaum RNC, CIC, Lead Author

    PAR Consulting, LLC, Silver Spring, MD

    Kathy Aureden, MS, M(ASCP)SI, CIC

    Sherman Hospital, Elgin, IL

    Michael Cloughessy, MS, BSEH, REHS, CIC

    Cincinnati Childrens Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

    Linda Goss, MSN, ARNP, CIC, COHN-S

    Director, Inection Prevention and Control and

    University o Louisville Hospital

    Faculty, University o Louisville School o Nursing, Louisville, KY

    Marie Kassai, RN, BSN, MPH, CIC

    MRK Consulting, LLC, West Paterson, NJ

    Stephen A Streed, MS, CIC

    Lee Memorial Health System, Ft Myers, FL


    Marcia R Patrick, RN, MSN, CIC

    MultiCare Health System, acoma, WA

    Sandra Von Behren, RN, MS, CIC

    Springeld, IL

    Marc Oliver Wright, M(ASCP), MS, CIC

    NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, IL

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    Te writers o this guide encourage readers to consult the reerences we have provided at the end o each section

    We have identied many recent articles and technologies to help the inection preventionist (IP) be aware o allcurrent and emerging inormation on creating a program to eliminate the transmission o multidrug-resistant

    Acinetobacter baumannii(MDR Ab) in his or her acility

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    Guide Overview

    Purpose and Scope

    Te purpose o this guide is to provide the inection preventionist (IP) with a summary o the latest articles,studies, outbreak experiences, applicable guidelines and tools to manage and eliminate transmission omultidrug-resistantAcinetobacter baumannii(MDR Ab) in healthcare settings

    Specics related to pathogenesis, surveillance, resistance patterns and environmental controls as covered in thisdocument provide the IP with current advanced knowledge imperative to the transmission elimination process

    Special healthcare settingslong-term care, ambulatory care, and pediatricsare addressed at the end o the guideIn all sections o the guide, the use o the term patient reers to a patient, resident or client in a healthcare setting

    Key Concepts efacility-wideriskassessmentguidesthedevelopmentandimplementationofacomprehensiveMDR

    Ab prevention and elimination plan

    ecompletedriskassessmentidentiesthefacilitysburdenofMDRAbandtheriskoftransmissionwithin the acility Te IP incorporates this inormation into the development o the MDR Ab inectionprevention plan

    edevelopmentoftheinfectionpreventionplanrequiresanunderstandingoftheattributesofMDRAbso that eective interventions are targeted


    In past decades,Acinetobacterinections have been sporadically identied in hospitalized patients and healthcare-related outbreaks1,2,3 Tese inections have occurred most oten in critically ill patients receiving invasive medicalinterventions such as central lines, arterial lines, and mechanical ventilation In more recent years,Acinetobacterhasbeen increasingly recognized as a signicant healthcare-associated, opportunistic, multidrug-resistant pathogen4

    Widespread public awareness o the risk oAcinetobacterinection in healthcare has escalated, primarily as a resulto the media attention given inections in military populations serving in the Middle East (dubbed Iraqibacter bythe media)5

    Acinetobacterspecies are ubiquitous in nature and have been ound on or in soil, water, animals and humans6Acinetobacter baumanniiis known to be recoverable rom the skin, throat and rectum o humans, and has been

    reported to be a healthcare-acquired colonizer o the respiratory tract According to the Centers or DiseaseControl and Prevention (CDC), the speciesA. baumanniiaccounts or nearly 80% o reported Acinetobacterinections7

    Acinetobacteris capable o surviving or extended periods o time on inanimate suraces Tis prolonged survivalin the healthcare environmentalong with multidrug resistance, colonization potential, and contact transmission(hands, instruments, equipment)are some o the challenging actors inAcinetobacterprevention and control

    When outbreaks occur, and/or whenAcinetobactersurvives due to incomplete cleaning and becomes endemic toa healthcare setting, the diculties encountered in implementing successul sustainable eradication can severelychallenge the limited resources o the IP Pinpointing an outbreak source may require extensive detective work

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    when the source is not obvious For example, one reported outbreak o MDR Ab eventually ound the sourceto be associated with pulsatile lavage wound therapy8 It should be noted that in approximately 50% o reportedoutbreaks, the source could not be identied2