Septic Arthritis - Native Joint

Septic Arthritis - Native Joint


  • Evidence of MRSA infection elsewhere
  • Nasal colonization with MRSA
  • Recent hospitalization
  • Hemodialysis
  • Injection drug use
  • HIV infection
  • Recent antibiotic use (especially IV in the last 3 months)
  • Sharing sports equipment/contact sports

Additional Information

Guideline originally sourced from Saskatchewan Health Authority - Saskatoon Area and adapted by Joseph Brant Hospital

  • Mathews CJ, Weston VC, Jones A, Field M, Coakley G. Bacterial septic arthritis in adults. Lancet. 2010;375(9717):846-855.

  • Coakley G, Mathews C, Field M, et al. BSR & BHPR, BOA, RCGP and BSAC guidelines for management of the hot swollen joint in adults. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2006;45(8):1039-1041.

  • The Johns Hopkins University (2020) John Hopkins ABX Guide (1.27) [Mobile App] Retrieved from:

  • Antimicrobial Therapy Inc (2020) The Sanford Guide (4.2) [Mobile App] Retrieved from:

Approved June 2020