Staphylococcus aureus

Staphylococcus aureus


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General Information

Gram positive cocci in clusters, Coagulase positive

Staphylococcus aureus is a ubiquitous organism that colonizes the skin/nares and can cause invasive disease.

MRSA risk factors include:

  • Health care exposure
  • Antimicrobial use
  • Incarceration
  • IDU
  • Shared equipment
  • Others
  • Pyogenic skin and soft tissue infection
  • MSK infection
  • Endocarditis
  • Abscess
  • Pneumonia
  • Infection of prosthetic devices
  • Others

ID consultation for management leads to better patient outcomes; ID consult is automatic at SAH per ASP routine policy.

MSSA - Standard precautions.

MRSA - Requires contact precautions. Add droplet precautions if patient has a cough.