Pathogens
Staphylococcus aureus

Staphylococcus aureus

Precautions

See 'Additional Information'

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
  • Intravenous drug abuse
  • Purulent skin and soft tissue infection
  • Musculoskeletal infection
  • Infective endocarditis
  • Infection of prosthetic devices
  • Pneumonia

MSSA - Standard precautions.

MRSA - Requires contact precautions.