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Pseudomonas aeruginosa Testing

Category Press Release
Publish Date 10/27/2023
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Infection Control Resources to Identify Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Other Environmental Pathogens
Introduction EMSL Analytical offers laboratory testing services and sampling supplies to support efforts to mitigate exposure risks to a wide range of microbial pathogens.

Cinnaminson, New Jersey, October 27, 2023

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes Pseudomonas as a type of bacteria that is found commonly in the environment, in places like soil and water. Of the many different types of Pseudomonas, the one that most often causes infections in humans is known as Pseudomonas aeruginosa. It can cause infections in the blood, lungs and potentially other parts of the body.

While Pseudomonas aeruginosa lives in the natural environment, it can also sometimes be found in the built environment where it can be spread to people, especially those in healthcare settings. Resistant strains of the bacteria can spread from one person to another through contaminated hands, equipment or surfaces. As recently as 2017, multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa caused an estimated 32,600 infections among hospitalized patients and 2,700 estimated deaths in the United States alone.

Those most at risk of infection according to the CDC include hospital patients:
  • on breathing machines
  • with devices such as catheters
  • with wounds from surgery or burns


“CDC warns that the bacteria are constantly finding new ways to avoid the effects of the antibiotics used to treat the infections they cause,” said Jason Dobranic, Ph.D., Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “This is part of the reason the agency advises healthcare providers to pay careful attention to recommended infection control practices, including hand hygiene and environmental cleaning to reduce the risk of spreading these germs to patients. Outside of the healthcare industry, there have also been numerous consumer products recalled over the years due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa contamination.”

EMSL Analytical, with testing facilities across North America, offers laboratory services to support infection control and environmental programs that test for Pseudomonas aeruginosa and a broad range of other pathogens. They have even sponsored an educational video about Pseudomonas aeruginosa and potential exposure risks that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/WQ9KMLbgXEM

To learn more about microbial testing and infection control resources, please visit www.EMSL.com, email info@EMSL.com or call (800) 220-3675.


About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories with locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOCs, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA LAP, LLC. (AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.


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