Pathogens
Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Precautions

Contact Precautions

General Information

Gram positive cocci in clusters, coagulase positive

Can be broadly divided into health-care associated (HA) and community-associated (CA).

HA-MRSA is associated with many hospital-associated infections ranging from minor/severe skin and soft tissue infections to bloodstream infections and severe pneumonia. It also causes many device associated infections and prosthetic infections.

CA-MRSA is associated with skin and soft tissue infections (e.g. abscesses) and necrotizing pneumonias. However, it can also cause many severe infections as with HA-MRSA.

Similar to S. aureus

  • Pyogenic skin and soft tissue infection
  • MSK infection
  • Endocarditis
  • Abscess
  • Pneumonia
  • Infection of prosthetic devices
  • Others

ID consult for optimal patient outcomes strongly suggested

Automatic ID consult at SAH per ASP routine policy