Post–Hurricane Katrina challenge: Vibrio vulnificus
Version of Record online: 22 JUN 2006
2006 American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Volume 18, Issue 7, pages 318–324, July 2006
How to Cite
Rhoads, J. (2006), Post–Hurricane Katrina challenge: Vibrio vulnificus. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 18: 318–324. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2006.00139.x
- Issue online: 22 JUN 2006
- Version of Record online: 22 JUN 2006
- Received: December 2005; accepted: February 2006
- Vibrio vulnificus;
- New Orleans;
- infectious disease;
- halophilic organisms
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.