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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 54-57

Acinetobacter baumannii in Saudi Arabia: The New Growing Threat


1 Department of Critical Care, King Fahad Hospital, Al- Madinah Al-Monawarah, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Intensive Care, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
3 Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Military Medical Services, Ministry of Defense, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
4 King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
5 Department of Critical Care, King Salman Armed Forces Hospital, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia
6 Department of Critical Care, King Fahad Specialist Hospital, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
7 Department of Critical Care, King Abdullah Medical City, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
8 Department of Critical Care, King Khaled University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
9 Department of Critical Care, King Fahad Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
10 Department of Intensive Care, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, College of Medicine, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
11 Department of Medicine, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
12 Department of Critical Care, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
13 Department of Critical Care, King Fahad Hospital of the University, Khober, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Ayman Kharaba
Consultant Pulmonary and Critical Care, Chairman of Critical Care Department, King Fahad Hospital, Madinah
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2543-1854.259469

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Acinetobacter is a strictly aerobic Gram-negative coccobacillus that is commonly present in hospital environment. It is considered a major healthcare problem worldwide. It can lead to different forms of severe infections, especially in critically ill patients. The prevalence of Acinetobacter infections is increasing in Saudi Arabia ,also the pattern of its antimicrobial susceptibility is changing as. Multidrug resistance and even pandrug resistance is increasing in almost all regions. Infections due to Acinetobacter are associated with high mortality reaching up to 58% in severe bloodstream infection. Additional research on Acinetobacter infections in critically ill patients in Saudi Arabia is needed.


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