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Post-Hurricane Katrina challenge: Vibrio vulnificus.
J Am Acad Nurse Pract. 2006 Jul; 18(7):318-24.JA

Abstract

PURPOSE

To describe the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Vibrio vulnificus, a rare organism that surfaced following Huricane Katrina and caused serious problems for many victims.

DATA SOURCES

Selected scientific literature supplemented with case presentations of patients seen following Katrina.

CONCLUSIONS

After Hurricane Katrina and as a result of extensive flooding of below-sea-level New Orleans, toxic waters contaminated many areas of the city. As a result of this extensive flooding of toxic waters, people were exposed to V. vulnificus.

IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE

Consider V. vulnificus in the differential diagnosis and culture all wounds for this organism in any patients exposed to contaminated seawater. Prompt initiation of antibiotic treatment, especially before the onset of septic shock, provides the best outcomes.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Louisiana State University Health Science Center School of Nursing, New Orleans, Louisiana 70150, USA. jrhoad@lsuhsc.edu

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16827837

Citation

Rhoads, Jacqueline. "Post-Hurricane Katrina Challenge: Vibrio Vulnificus." Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, vol. 18, no. 7, 2006, pp. 318-24.
Rhoads J. Post-Hurricane Katrina challenge: Vibrio vulnificus. J Am Acad Nurse Pract. 2006;18(7):318-24.
Rhoads, J. (2006). Post-Hurricane Katrina challenge: Vibrio vulnificus. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 18(7), 318-24.
Rhoads J. Post-Hurricane Katrina Challenge: Vibrio Vulnificus. J Am Acad Nurse Pract. 2006;18(7):318-24. PubMed PMID: 16827837.
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