- Often a blood culture contaminant.
- Vancomycin preferred for empiric therapy for systemic infections. Modify based on antibiotic susceptibility.
Staphylococcus capitis is a coagulase-negative species (CoNS) of Staphylococcus.
It is part of the normal flora of the skin of the human scalp, face, neck, scrotum, and ears but has been associated with bloodstream infections and endocarditis.
It has been associated with prosthetic valve endocarditis, and rarely with native valve infection.
It can be a contaminant in blood cultures, but clinically significant infection should be considered based on host factors and assessment.
Neonatal sepsis in NICU setting
Central venous catheter-associated infections
Prosthetic joint infections
Adapted from the BC Women’s Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship Program