Wound: Acinetobacter baumannii   – Shipped 02 November 2015


A simulated leg wound sample collected from a 36 year old male, returning traveler from Thailand was sent to category A and B laboratories.

Participants were expected to isolate, identify and report Acinetobacter baumannii. Participants were also expected to perform susceptibility testing on the organism and report the isolate to Infection Control (IC).


  1. Acinetobacter baumannii is a significant pathogen in many parts of the world, and should be identified and reported when isolated.
  2. A. baumannii can be associated with antimicrobial resistance to multiple drug classes, including carbapenems; these can pose a challenge for antimicrobial therapy.
  3. Isolation of carbapenem-resistant A. baumannii should prompt notification of infection control or public health, as they can cause nosocomial outbreaks.

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