Question: How do you get ESBL bacteria?

Most ESBL infections are spread by direct contact with an infected persons bodily fluids (blood, drainage from a wound, urine, bowel movements, or phlegm). They can also be spread by contact with equipment or surfaces that have been contaminated with the germ.

How easy is it to get ESBL?

Bacteria with ESBLs are especially common in hospitals. They are spread most easily by doctors, nurses, or other healthcare professionals who touch people, objects, or surfaces in facilities where the bacteria live.

Is ESBL infection contagious?

How is ESBL spread? Most ESBL infections are spread by direct contact with an infected persons bodily fluids (blood, drainage from a wound, urine, bowel movements, or phlegm). They can also be spread by contact with equipment or surfaces that have been contaminated with the germ.

Should patients with ESBL be isolated?

Patients that we know are carrying ESBL-producing bacteria will no longer require isolation or Contact Precautions.

How is ESBL bacteria treated?

Infections caused by ESBL-producing germs are treated with antibiotics, but because they are resistant to many commonly prescribed antibiotics, treatment options might be limited. People with these infections sometimes need to be hospitalized for treatment with IV antibiotics.

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