Human aeromonas infection is uncommon and is usually associated with immunosuppression, chronic disease or trauma in an aquatic setting. Burn injury may induce a state of immunosuppression, making the thermally injured patient a suitable host for aeromonas infection. We reviewed the experience of one burn centre with this pathogen. Retrospective examination of blood culture results from 8151 patients admitted between 1959 and 1994 disclosed eight patients with clinically relevant Aeromonas hydrophilia bacteraemia. Five were burned outside the USA. Aquatic exposure was known or suspected in only three cases. Five of the eight patients died. Aeromonas infection in burn patients is rare but may occur in the absence of aquatic exposure.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Emergency Medicine
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine