Hello there, does anyone here have any experience with the bacteria serratia marcescens?
My dad has COPD and gets different bacterial infections all the time. Usually these are dealt with by his regular IV treatments or failing that a course of the appropriate tablets. Lately though he has had repeated infection with serratia which seems to be resistant to almost everything.
He's managed to clear it a couple of times in the past with a week of Septrin tablets (co- trimoxazole) but this last infection didn't succumb to the treatment. We'd have liked to continue the tablets for another week but Septrin is a pretty powerful drug and Dad is so thin and weak and in his 80's. It was a dilemma of which would do him more harm- to leave the serratia bugs to wreak havoc in his lungs or to have more Septrin.
Does anyone know an effective drug for this horrible bug that is so tough it can apparently live in disinfectant! How can I kill it WITHOUT killing my dad?
From my attempts at research on the Internet it looked to me like IV Meropenem might be the most effective choice?
Any wisdom and experience would be appreciated.